PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Joining the year-end “best of” lists is US SAILING’s short list of nominees for the 2008 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. Established in 1961 by US SAILING and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the annual presentation of US SAILING’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are widely regarded as the sport’s ultimate recognition of an individual’s outstanding on-the-water achievements for the calendar year. Over its history the coveted award has been presented to 36 men and 32 women, including these notable sailors who have claimed the honor multiple times: Ed Adams, Betsy Alison, Sally Barkow, Dennis Conner, JJ Isler, Allison Jolly, John Kostecki, Buddy Melges, Ken Read, Lynne Shore, Jody Swanson and Ted Turner.
Nominees for US SAILING’s 2008 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award: 505 East Coast and Midwinter Champion Ethan Bixby (St. Petersburg, Fla.); J/22 World Champion Greg Fisher (Annapolis, Md./Columbus, Ohio); Etchells World Champion Bill Hardesty (San Diego, Calif.); Sunfish World Champion Paul Foerster (Heath, Texas); TP52 World Champion Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.); Finn Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); Newport Bermuda Race winner Peter Rebovich (Metuchen, New Jersey); SKUD-18 Paralympic Gold Medalist Nick Scandone (Fountain Valley, Calif.); and Lightning North American Champion Allan Terhune (Annapolis, Md.).
Nominees for US SAILING’s 2008 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award: 470 Women’s World Champion Isabelle Kinsolving (New York, N.Y.); 470 Women’s World Champion Erin Maxwell (Stonington/Norwalk, Conn.); SKUD-18 Paralympic Gold Medalist Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.); U.S. Women’s Match Racing Champion Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer (San Diego, Calif.); and Laser Radial Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.)
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