It was 100. Fifty-two remained. From 52 you have chosen 25, and now you can continue to support your favorite Sailor of the Year candidate. Indeed, the third elimination phase (the one characterized by the public’s advisory vote) of the most coveted prize in Italian sailing is proceeding apace: we are at the point where, among the 25 remaining, only five will remain. The five from which the Sailing Newspaper jury, also taking into account your preferences will elect the 2015 TAG Heuer Sailor of the Year and all other awards (TAG Heuer Passion, Innovation, Performance) during the Day of Champions on Friday, May 8, at the TAG Heuer VELAFestival in Santa Margherita Ligure. Three thousand of you have already voted. Reminding you that you have until April 13 to support your favorite, let’s see how it is going.
THE PROVISIONAL TOP TEN
Leading the way for now is boat owner Robertissima Roberto Tomasini Grinover, who has been one of the top vote-getters since the first round of voting. Behind Triestine sailor Giuseppe Giuffré, owner of that Low Noise that won the 2014 European and World Offshore Championships. M37 Low Noise follows right behind, tailed by Samurai, Luigi Pavese’s 1967 Sangermani, and Massimiliano Ferruzzi’s Il Moro di Venezia I. Then there is Robertissima III, the JV72 by the aforementioned Grinover, and Matteo Polli, designer of the new Italia 998 Low Noise II and who also oversaw, among other things, the optimization of the M37. In eighth place was Matteo Miceli, because his feat still set Italian hearts on fire, ahead of Namib, another 1967 Sangermani (owned by Pietro Bianchi) winner of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge in its category, and Silvia Zennaro, the only representative (for now) of Olympic athletes in the top ten.