ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Voting Concluded - Maiden II Team Members Await the Results
Today, 28 October 2002, sees the conclusion of voting for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards.
With five outstanding sailors in each of the male and female categories, voting is likely to be close. Each ISAF Member National Authority was invited to vote for one of the male and one of the female crews by today's deadline.
The outcome of the voting will not be announced until the Awards Presentation on 12 November 2002 in Limassol, Cyprus. Hosted by Greek Olympic medallist, Nikos Kaklamankis, the evening, which will be attended by over 500 guests including the 2002 nominees, sailors, dignatories and representatives from the world of sailing, is set to be a fantastic event.
Navigator Adrienne Cahalan and watchcaptain Helena Darvelid have been nominated in the female category for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.
In 1994, ISAF launched the World Sailor of the Year Awards, to honour and recognise the outstanding sailing achievements of male and female sailors, regardless of sex, age, nationality or sailing discipline. This prestigious Award, which will be presented for the ninth year in 2002, is regarded as the ultimate recognition of achievement a sailor can receive from the world of sailing.
Nominations of sailors for the one female and one male Award are made by the world of sailing, with the final nominees selected by a Shortlist Panel, chaired by HM King Constantine and including representatives from Rolex and ISAF, previous years' winners and the media. The Shortlist Panel closely consider the achievements of the sailors nominated over the past year (1 September 2001 to 31 August 2002), and met on 16 September 2002 in order to determine the final shortlist. The winners of the Awards are then determined by popular voting involving the Member National Authorities of the International Sailing Federation.
Adrienne Cahalan enthused "This is a fantastic achievement for everyone and especially the girls aboard Maiden II. We were nominated for Royal and SunAlliance and feel very proud that we have been nominated again. Offshore sailing often gets forgotten and it's good to know that people appreciate that we are out there doing it."
Project Director Tracy Edwards was incredibly excited and proud of her team "This is just fantastic" she said, "Getting the recognition is so important, everyone on this project has worked so hard to make it work, they definately deserve to win."
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