Shirley traveled to Puerto Rico to find out who would be crowned ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2011. The winners selected from an impressive and star-studded gathering of nominees, were Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), who claimed the female award for the second time, and the two-man crew of Iker Martínez and Xabier Fernández (ESP), awarded the male prize. Martínez and Fernández, were unable to attend the ceremony as they were onboard Team Telefónica in leg 1 of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.
In addition to the two winners, the list of nominees for the 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award included:
Dee Caffari (GBR) – Record Breaking Round The World Yachtswoman
Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU) – Double Professional Windsurfing Association World Champion
Alexandra Rickham (GBR) – ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion and IFDS World Champion
Ben Ainslie (GBR) – Match Racing World Champion & ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion
Lorenzo Bressani (ITA) – Melges 24 and 32 World Champion
Rob Douglas (USA) – Outright World Speed Record Holder
Nathan Outteridge (AUS) – International Moth World Champion and 49er Champion
For more information visit: Honoured By The Sailing World
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards have been held every year since 1994 and past winners include Peter Blake (NZL), Ellen MacArthur (GBR), Robert Scheidt (BRA), Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Russell Coutts (SUI). In 2010 the Awards were presented to Tom Slingsby (AUS) and Blanca Manchón (ESP).
The next edition of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards will be held in Dun Laoghaire, Republic of Ireland in November 2012.