Worlds best

Australian skipper Wendy Tuck on the shortlist for World Sailor of the Year.

04 October 2018


The line-up of Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2018 nominees have been released with the 11 nominated sailors representing the best of the best in international sailing over the last 12 months, with kiteboarders, offshore racers and Olympic class specialists all shortlisted.

Wendy Tuck, skipper of Sanya Serenity Coast, is among those nominated.  History was made in July when Wendy Tuck became the first woman to win the Clipper Round the World Race, and success has already inspired more women to consider taking part in one of the biggest challenges in sailing.

Following Tuck’s epic win aboard Sanya Serenity Coast, Clipper organisers have seen the demand for application packs from women jump considerably in the months following.

The names vying for the coveted and prestigious 2018 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are:




  • Caterina Banti (ITA) – 2018 Nacra 17 World Champion
  • Carolijn Brouwer (NED) / Marie Riou (FRA) – Volvo Ocean Race winners
  • Daniela Moroz (USA) – 2018 Formula Kiteboarding World Champion
  • Wendy Tuck (AUS) – Clipper Round the World Race winning skipper


  • Charles Caudrelier (FRA) – Volvo Ocean Race winning skipper
  • Sime and Mihovil Fantela (CRO) – 2018 49er World Champions
  • Pavlos Kontides (CYP) – 2018 Laser World Champion
  • Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) – 2018 Men’s RS:X World Champion
  • Ruggero Tita (ITA) – 2018 Nacra 17 World Champion

Members of the public will be invited to vote for who they think should be crowned Rolex World Sailor of the Year on October 15 via World Sailing’s website. The public will contribute 30% of the overall vote with World Sailing’s Member National Authorities making up the final 70%.

On October 30, the winners will be announced at the World Sailing Awards Ceremony in Sarasota, Florida, USA.

Each winner will be presented with the unique marble and silver trophy depicting the globe, crowned with five silver spinnakers representing the continents, together with a Rolex timepiece.

The Awards night is the social highlight of the World Sailing Annual Conference and 2018 is set to be a ground breaking edition with the introduction of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, the Team of the Year and the Boat of the Year.

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