With a trio of Paralympic 2.4mR gold medallists in the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition, 2.4mR fleet Helena Lucas went into the event as an outside favourite. Although she had taken the 2011-2012 2.4mR ISAF Sailing World Cup title, a regatta victory in the one-person keelboat had always evaded her following a string of silver and bronze medals since she stepped into the boat in 2003.
Helena Lucas, 2.4mR - Paralympics London 2012
As the week unfolded in Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain, Lucas injected a bit of girl power into the open 2.4mR fleet. As the only female sailor in the pack she made light work of her male counterparts with consistent sailing in a variety of wind speeds on her home waters.
She started the regatta as she meant to go on, by winning races, as her first bullet, a narrow split second victory ahead of Thierry Schmitter (NED), came on the opening day. Three consecutive race wins followed at the midway point of the event giving the Brit a healthy advantage on the final straight.
Despite a shaky penultimate day the writing was on the wall and Lucas etched her name in British Paralympic sailing history to become the nation's first gold medallist.
Joining Lucas as female nominees for ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 are Tamara Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega and Sofia Toro (ESP), Helena Lucas (GBR), Saskia Sills (GBR) and Lijia Xu (CHN).
The winners are selected by the ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs), the national governing bodies for sailing around the world. The MNAs are now invited to vote for the male and female nominee they believe most deserves the Award.
The winners will be announced at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards presentation and dinner, taking place on Tuesday 6 November 2012. The venue for the event is the Mansion House in Dublin, Ireland.
Each winner will be presented with the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award Trophy and a distinctive Rolex timepiece.
Helena Lucas WSOY profile
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards website