The wait for the announcement of the nominees for the 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award is over. ISAF received the nominations from all over the world for the 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award from all branches of the sport. The 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award will be awarded to sailors according to their achievements attained during the qualifying period of 1st September, 2010 and 31st August, 2011. This also included the performance of the sailors in the Australia world champion and Nathan Outteridge. For both categories of male and female awards there can only be one winner. The female nominees include Dee Caffari (Great Britain), Sarah-Quita Offringa (Aruba), Alexandra Rickham (Great Britain) and Anna Tunnicliffe (United States of America). The male nominees include Ben Ainslie (GBR), Lorenzo Bressani (Italy), Rob Douglas (USA), Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez (Spain) and Nathan Outteridge (Australia).
As far as the female nominees for the 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award is concerned, British sailor Dee Caffari listed herself once again in the Barcelona World Race. Dee Caffari along with her co-skipper Anna Corbella sailed continuously around the world in the IMOCA60 GAES Centros Auditivos. After 102 days of grueling sailing session, Dee Caffari and her team finished sixth in the tournament. With this landmark, Dee Caffari became the only woman sailor in the world to sail continuously all around the world for the third time. She completed her first circumnavigation in the year 2005 after she skippered a team in the Global Challenge yacht race which was a 10 month stop-over race with an amateur crew sailed against the prevailing winds and currents.
Sarah-Quita Offringa (Aruba) won the World Champion title in the Professional Windsurfing Association. She bagged the title twice in the same year which is truly exceptional. At a mere age of 20, Sarah-Quita Offringa (Aruba) is the PWA Womenâ€™s Slalom World Champion and the PWA Womenâ€™s Freestyle World Champion. Alexandra Rickham from Great Britain won her third consecutive IFDS Disabled Sailing World title in the two-person keelboat, SKUD18 in 2011. A few weeks later, she clinched the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup title with a series score of 78 from a maximum 80 points available. In 2011, American sailor Anna Tunnicliffe returned home from a regatta only for two times without a medal. She is the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion in Womenâ€™s Match Racing and the 2011 Snipe Womenâ€™s world champion.
Talking about the male participants, British Sailor Ben Ainslie won the ISAF Match Racing World Championship after winning three regattas of the nine-stage 2010 World Match Racing Tour. Team Origin led by Ben Ainslie won the final two stages, the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda and the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia to grab the world title. His consistent performance has kept him at the top of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings throughout the period. Lorenzo Bressani from Italy is a Melges 24 and Melges 32 world champion. Rob Douglas from USA is often known as the fastest man on the water. On 28 October, 2011 Rob Douglas became one of five kiteboarders to break the previous record of the fastest sailor held by the trimaran Lâ€™HydroptÃ¨re. He did it by the biggest margin, more than four knots, setting a new record of 55.65 knots or 103.1 kilometres per hour. Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez (Spain) have raced together since 1999. They made their name in the 49er fleet and since 2005 have risen to prominence in offshore sailing as well. Australian sailor Nathan Outteridge posted top 12 finishes at no less than five different class world championships just before the nominations.