From Tuesday 22nd, members of the public will be invited to vote for who they think should be awarded with this prize. The public vote will contribute to 50% of the overall count with the remaining 50% to be decided by World Sailing’s Member National Authorities. So save the date and support Anne Marie!
The female and male winners will be announced at the World Sailing Awards Ceremony in Bermuda on 29 October 2019. 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.
For the Laser Class, and particularly the European Laser Class region, would be the third World Sailor of the Year’s prize in a row, after Marit Bouwmeester NED and Pavlos Kontides CYP recognitions in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Reasons for voting Anne Marie (in addition to her beautiful permanent smile!):
On the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, regular success in the Laser Radial has been hard to come by. Danish sailor Anne-Marie Rindom has broken that trend, finding the right rhythm and form as the clock ticks down the 2020 Olympiad as she bids to upgrade her Rio 2016 bronze medal.
In July 2019, Rindom secured her second Laser Radial world title in Sakaiminato, Japan, highlighting her as a favourite for Tokyo 2020. Her World Championship success has not been isolated and throughout 2019 alone she has won four gold medals at high-profile events.
Before she headed to Japan for the 2019 World Championship, Rindom secured gold at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Regatta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. She topped then the standings at her second consecutive event after winning in light and challenging wind conditions at the Hempel World Cup Series event in Genoa, Italy. Just weeks later she made it three in a row by securing the European Championship title in Porto, Portugal, moving to World #1 ranked sailor as a result.
Most recently, Rindom finished second on Olympic waters at the Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima event.
About the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are the highest award a sailor can receive in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements by the world of sailing. The Awards are presented every November to one male and one female winner.
Launched in 1994, the World Sailor of the Year Awards are recognized as the pinnacle award a sailor can receive in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements by the world of sailing.
The Awards are presented to sailors by sailors. Two Awards, one for a female sailor/crew and one for a male sailor/crew, are presented each year during the World Sailing Annual Conference in November. The World Sailing Annual Conference is a week-long series of meetings, which brings together the decision makers in the sport to debate the issues affecting the future of sailing. Sailors selected as nominees for the awards may represent any aspect of the sport.
You will see from the details of past winners that the recipients of the World Sailor of the Year Awards have been drawn from the many diverse disciplines of the sport.
The Awards Presentation is attended by the worlds top sailors, the leaders in the sport around the world, sponsors and other eminent guests.
2001 saw the announcement of Rolex as the title sponsor, who has joined World Sailing in the support of this pinnacle award.