Please select your home edition
Edition
Armstrong-Suptonic-728x90-2 TOP

Sarah Douglas named Sail Canada's Rolex Sailor of the Year for 2020-2021

by Sail Canada 2 Sep 2021 21:17 PDT
Sarah Douglas, Sail Canada's Rolex Sailor of the Year for 2020-2021 © Sail Canada

Sarah Douglas was named today Sail Canada's Rolex Sailor of the Year for 2020-2021.

Following her 6th-place finish at Tokyo 2020, Sarah Douglas received this award for the second time in a row at Canada's Celebration of Sailing held by Sail Canada and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club today in Toronto. The event, attended by approximately 110 guests including members of the Tokyo 2020 Canadian Olympic Sailing Team and past Olympians, celebrates performances and experiences of Canada's high-performance sailors of the past, present and future.

Sarah Douglas achieved Canada's best individual performance in women's sailing in Olympic history in Tokyo by finishing in 6th position overall in Laser Radial. She also became the first Canadian to take part in the Medal Race of the Laser Radial class since this event was introduced to the Olympic Games program in 2008 in Beijing. The previous best Canadian result in Laser Radial was 16th position in Rio in 2016. In 2020, she also took 6th spot at the Laser Radial European Championships.

"I am incredibly honoured to win the Rolex Sailor of the Year award for a second time," said Sarah Douglas. "Training through the pandemic was very challenging and I can't thank my support team enough, as well as the entire community, for being there for me for the last five years and especially through the last 18 months; this award wouldn't have been possible without them."

"Thank you to Rolex for continuing to support our sport in Canada. I hope that I inspired the next generation to chase after their dreams and that we will all continue to work together to support those dreams."

Sail Canada's Rolex Sailor of the Year award has been given out annually since 1986 to individual(s) who have 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. Along with recognition for exemplary sportsmanship, they have held the respect of their fellow sailors. Because of the Covid pandemic, this year award is based on performances achieved between December 2, 2019 and August 6, 2021.

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 part of the prestigious list of winners, as is Ross MacDonald, who won it three times (1990, 1992 with Eric Jespersen and 2004 with Mike Wolfs).

More information is available on Sail Canada website at www.sailing.ca/rolex-sailor-of-the-year-award.

Related Articles

Sail Canada On Deck: Marjolyn Van Der Hart
ABYC Vice-Commodore interview ahead of the first "Girls in Sailing" 5-day camp The first "Girls in Sailing" 5-day camp will be held August 29-Sept. 2 at the Ashbridge's Bay Yacht Club. Posted on 12 Aug
Nathan R Cowan Memorial Awards recipients
Help keep this bursary program active by attending the Decennial Fundraiser on Sept. 3 at the RCYC Sail Canada announced today that Norman Struthers and Forrest Wachholz have been respectively named recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Nathan R Cowan Memorial Awards. Posted on 10 Aug
Sail Canada On Deck: Marie-Andrée Poulin
"On Deck" discussion with the spokesperson for the Femina Cup Marie-Andrée Poulin was an entertainment and weather reporter for the TVA and LCN French-language networks for many years. "On Deck" discussion with the spokesperson for the Femina Cup which was held July 7-10. Posted on 6 Aug
Cindy Sheppard (Hardie) passes away
Paralympic sailing coach at the 1996 and 2000 Games It is with great sadness that Sail Canada shares with the Canadian sailing community the passing of Paralympic sailing coach Cindy Sheppard (Hardie). She was 51 years of age. Posted on 5 Aug
"Whitecap": the Canadian sailing podcast
New episode now available with Tom Ramshaw The 3rd episode of "Whitecap", the Canadian sailing podcast, is now available, featuring two-time Canadian Olympian and Canada SailGP Team member Tom Ramshaw. Posted on 30 Jul
1996 Olympian Dr. Paul Hannam passes away
He represented Canada in the Men's 470 class at the 1996 Olympics It is with great sadness that Sail Canada shares with the Canadian sailing community the passing of Olympian sailor Dr. Paul Hannam last weekend. He was 50 years of age. Posted on 19 Jul
Annalise comes up with best performance in ILCA 6
Youth Worlds are an important stepping stone for sailors heading towards the Canadian Sailing Team Annalise Balasubramanian from Toronto, ON, came up with the best Canadian performance in ILCA 6 since 2009 at the 2022 Youth Sailing World Championships, which ended Thursday in The Hague, Netherlands, with a 12th-place finish. Posted on 16 Jul
2022 Sail East and Sail West preview
Close to 200 sailors from Western Canada and the Atlantic will be in action this weekend Close to 200 sailors from Western Canada and the Atlantic will be in action this weekend, July 16 and 17, as they will take part in Sail Canada 2022 Sail East competition at St. Margaret Sailing Club in Glen Haven, Nova Scotia Posted on 15 Jul
Sail Canada On Deck: Angela Chisholm
Interview with the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Worlds' General Manager The 2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships will be held in less than two months at St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia. Posted on 14 Jul
Ten Hove & Millen the top Canadians
With a 7th-place finish in the 49erFX at the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Europeans Ali Ten Hove (Kingston, ON) and Mariah Millen (Toronto, ON) were the top Canadian team in the 49erFX class with a 7th-place finish at the 2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships which ended Sunday in Aarhus, Denmark. Posted on 11 Jul
Doyle Sails 2020 - Pure Brilliance 728x90 BOTTOMHyde Sails 2022 One Design FOOTERRS Sailing 2021 - FOOTER