August 16, 2023
Nomination forms can be filled online through Sail Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year Award page on Sail Canada’s website at https://www.sailing.ca/rolex-sailor-of-the-year-award/.
Nominees will be individuals who, since September 15, 2022, have shown a significant involvement in activities which provided global recognition to Canadian sailing and Sail Canada, and who are renowned leaders that have attained high levels of excellence with significant results and accomplishments in world events or activities, with priorities given to leaders who have attained high levels of excellence in Olympic/Paralympic class sailboat competitions. Along with recognition for exemplary sportsmanship, they hold the respect of their fellow sailors.
Sail Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year Award has been given out annually since 1986. Amongst previous winners of Sail Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year award, Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic medalists Evert Bastet (2007), Terry McLaughlin (2001 and 2013), John McRoberts and Jackie Gay (2016), as well as Paul Tingley (2008) are all on that prestigious list, as is Ross MacDonald, who won it three times (1990, 1992 with Eric Jespersen and 2004 with Mike Wolfs). Sarah Douglas as well as Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance have also received this prestigious award in the past few years.
Sail Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year Award will be presented at Canada’s Celebration of Sailing reception to be held October 17, 2023, at the Port Credit Yacht Club. More details about the event will be provided shortly.
More information about Sail Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year Award, including its history and previous winners, is available at https://www.sailing.ca/rolex-sailor-of-the-year-award/.