We are running out of time, you have until midnight on March 15 to vote for your 2015 TAG Heuer Sailor of the Year: in this second round from 52 candidates only 25 will remain. So far almost three thousand of you have expressed your preference. At the link below you can vote, if you have not already done so (as well as consult the regulations and learn about the candidates in detail)
THE PROVISIONAL TOP TEN
Currently leading the way is Roberto Tomasini Grinover, owner of the Melges 32 and JV72 (former Ran 2) Robertissima III. The Friulian also racked up votes in the first round of selections. In second place “sails” Luigi Pavese ‘s 1967 Sangermani Samurai (also competing and well placed, in sixth position), ahead of Giuseppe Giuffré, UVAI Owner of the Year and 2014 ORC World and European Champion. Giuffré precedes in the rankings his trusted squire until last year, the M37 Low Noise, now replaced by the Matteo Polli-designed Italia Yachts 998, which just so happens to be ninth in the rankings. Fifth are Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri, resume in hand the world’s strongest specialists in the Nacra 17 Olympic class. In fact, the two are first on the ISAF world ranking list and are the biggest medal hope for Italian Olympic sailing in Rio 2016. In seventh place was the splendid Maxi IOR Il Moro di Venezia I, the first in the successful series of boats desired by Raul Gardini, designed in 1975 by German Frers. Eighth is Matteo Miceli: the Roman sailor has garnered sympathies all over the web for his venture going forward; solo round-the-world sailing aboard a self-built, energy self-sufficient boat, complete with chickens and hydroponic vegetable garden on board, is not everyone’s challenge. Closing out the top ten is Antonio Squizzato, Italy’s strongest performer in the 2.4 mR Paralympic class.
AN ARMCHAIR FOR FOUR
Great tussle also in the elimination zone: RS:X specialist Mattia Camboni occupies 25th place, the last one useful for qualifying for the next phase, but a handful of votes only separates him from Tommaso Chieffi, Piero Platone and the pair composed of Marco Rodolfi and Matteo Auguadro. This will be a no-holds-barred struggle. A struggle to which you can contribute if you decide to support one of these candidates with a vote…