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US Sailing announces 2019 Rolex Yachtsmen & Yachtswoman of the Year

by US Sailing 8 Feb 01:17 PST
2019 Rolex Yachtsmen & Yachtswoman of the Year © Matthew Cohen Photography

On Thursday night under the stars aboard the historic and storied USS Midway in San Diego at Navy Pier, the best best U.S. sailor athletes of 2019 were honored among family, friends, peers, competitors, and contributors to the sport of sailing.

International 505 World Champions, Mike Martin (Mill Valley, Calif.) and Adam Lowry (Mill Valley, Calif.) and IKA Formula Kite Class World Champion Daniela Moroz (Lafayette, Calif.) earned this year's special distinction and were celebrated along with the 2019 award finalists who were all participating in the evening program's festivities.

In February, the top performing U.S. sailors of the year were shortlisted for US Sailing's 2019 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. The annual determination of this year's awards represented a wide range of accomplished sailors from various disciplines in the sport.

The winners were presented with US Sailing's Rolex® Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year award trophy along with specially engraved Rolex® timepieces. These honorees join an elite group of notable national sailors.

The 2019 finalists were listed on a ballot and presented to panels of past award winners and sailing media journalists who voted for the winners. In an exciting twist to this year's process, the fans had an opportunity to be part of the selection process and vote online for the 2019 winners. Votes from the three voting groups, including the sailing media, past award winners, and the fans counted equally towards determining the winners.

Learn more about the 2019 Rolex Yachtsmen & Yachtswoman of the Year

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