Velista dell’Anno TAG Heuer (the Italian Sailor of the Year Awards) 2022: voting has begun, now it’s your turn!

Velista dell'Anno TAG Heuer (the Italian Sailor of the Year Awards) 2022
© Martina Orsini

The wait is over, from 1pm on February 25th on the online voting for Velista dell’Anno TAG Heuer (the Italian Sailor of the Year Awards) 2022 is officially open. As in the recent tradition of the award given by Giornale della Vela, the public vote will once again be binding for the selection of the 3 finalists in each category for the Night of Champions on May 12th. 24 candidates will compete in the Sailor of the Year category, 44 in the Owner category, 7 in the Designer category, 17 in the Young category and 8 in the Yacht Club category.

Velista dell’Anno TAG Heuer 2022: how to vote

The online “poll” for the Velista dell’Anno will take place from February 25th at 1pm until 12pm on March 15th, on the dedicated website where you will be able to cast a maximum of 5 votes in support of your favourite candidates, one per category (Sailor of the Year, Young, Owner, Designer and Yacht Club). For security and authentication reasons, you will be asked to enter your email address before each vote. The “Most Voted” award will be reserved for the candidate who, overall, has totalled the highest number of votes in the online phase. For further information on voting, please write to

The public vote

The public vote, on (from February 25th to March 15th), is binding because it selects the first 3 of each category who will participate in the final on May 12th, where the jury of quality of GdV will decide the winners of the Velista dell’Anno TAG Heuer 2022. As always, our award has an important web dimension, which will go beyond the public’s decisive vote. We want to bring the stories of the sailors to all the fans who will not be able to be physically present at the final in Milan. And to do this we have something special planned. Once the three finalists have been decided, before the night of the champions on 12 May, we will present them to you on our social networks and websites and with dedicated interviews to tell and learn about their stories and the successes they have achieved. The games will be conducted by Mino Taveri, with the editorial staff of the Giornale della Vela and many guests, for a web “show”, in episodes, leading up to the final. Discover the rules, all the dates and how to vote.

Il voto del pubblico, su (dal 25 febbraio fino al 15 marzo), è vincolante perché seleziona i primi 3 di ogni categoria che parteciperanno alla finalissima del 12 maggio, dove sarà la giuria di qualità del GdV a decretare i vincitori del Velista dell’Anno TAG Heuer 2022. Come sempre il nostro premio ha una dimensione web importante, che andrà anche oltre il voto decisivo del pubblico. Vogliamo portare le storie dei velisti a tutti gli appassionati che non potranno essere fisicamente presenti alla finale di Milano. E per farlo abbiamo in programma qualcosa di speciale. Una volta decretati i 3 finalisti, prima della serata dei campioni del 12 maggio, ve li presenteremo sui nostri social e sui siti web e con interviste dedicate per raccontare e conoscere e loro storie e i successi che hanno ottenuto. A condurre i giochi sarà Mino Taveri, con la redazione del Giornale della Vela e tanti ospiti, per uno “show” web, a puntate, di avvicinamento verso la finalissima. Scopri il regolamento, tutte le date e come votare.


In the selection of the magnificent 100, made by our editorial staff, as always we wanted to embrace the whole sailing world. The Velista dell’Anno TAG Heuer categories – Sailor of the Year, Owner, Young, Yacht Club and Designer– are the ones into which the 100 candidates will be divided and which you will be able to vote for from February 25th. In choosing the 100 candidates, for the categories Sailor and Young, we wanted to highlight all the sailors who have achieved significant sporting results at national and international level. Among the Owners, we have also included managers who have done something important in the world of sailing and shipyards.

Because, as you know, running a company is like leading a racing team. There will be not only racers, but also owners who have made their dreams come true in the ocean, or who have linked their name to cult boats. The Yacht Club category, on the other hand, encompasses all the clubs that distinguished themselves last season for the prestige of the sporting events they organised, for their educational activities promoting sailing, for their work with young people, or for the competitive results of their athletes.

And finally, we couldn’t miss out on the designers, because after all it is they who give shape to our love and allow us to enjoy our passion on board. There will also be the Most Voted award, the most voted for online, and the Velista dell’Anno Epic award, assigned by our editorial staff as a tribute to the career of a sailor or sailors who are fundamental to Italian sailing. By the way, on this last award, get ready for big surprises for the Night of Champions on Nay 12th because it will be something very special.

VELISTA DELL’ANNO 2022 – The steps

– From 25/02 to 15/03: THE CALL OF HUNDREDS

100 CANDIDATES selected by Giornale della Vela, divided into 5 categories (Sailor of the Year, Young, Owner, Designer and Yacht Club) to be voted online on velistadellanno. from 1 pm on 25 February to 12 noon on 15 March 2022. The public vote is binding. The three most voted in each category go through to the final.

– From 05/05 to 11/05: GET TO KNOW THE FINALISTS

Video interviews on social media and on our website with past winners of the Sailor of the Year, the 3 finalists in each category of the 2022 edition, the Most Voted and announcement of the Epic Sailor of the Year award.

– – Saturday 12/05, 7pm: THE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

The award ceremony with the 15 finalists will take place at the Signature Kitchen Suite showroom in Via Manzoni in the heart of Milan. Here all the winners of the TAG Heuer 2022 Yachtsman of the Year and the winners of all the other prizes will be revealed. All the winners will receive a TAG Heuer Aquaracer chronograph.

Il Velista dell’Anno – The Italian Sailor of the Year Award

This is the most prestigious prize in Italian sailing, awarded by Giornale della Vela since 1991 and now in its 31st edition. In 2022 it will be staged from February25th to May 12th, with the Night of Champions, the final, held at the Signature Kitchen Suite Showroom in the heart of Milan on Via Manzoni. The 2021 Sailor of the Year edition was won by Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team.

Velista dell’Anno TAG Heuer 2022 Partners

TAG HEUERNEVER STILL. LIKE TIME. TAG Heuer, the historic Swiss watch brand of the LVMH Group, active in 139 countries, has been the naming partner of the Sailor of the Year since 2013. Its Aquaracer marine timepieces are the “summa” of 160 years of history, research and innovation.

SEABLY LOGOBETTER WITH SEABLY. Seably For Leisure is the online training platform for all marine enthusiasts. Seably offers a world of courses for every boat owner. Download the Seably app and enjoy the best content available for every yachtsman.

Velista dell'Anno Signature Kitchen Suite TOP KITCHENS ARE SKS. Signature Kitchen Suite is the brand of high-end built-in kitchen appliances from LG Electronics, the world leader in consumer electronics. The SKS Showroom in Milan hosts the Night of Champions on May 12th.



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