-7 days to close of voting for TAG Heuer 2021 Sailor of the Year – Epic 30th Edition


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Time is running out. In a week ‘s time, the editorial staff of the Sailing Newspaper will close voting for this first phase of the TAG Heuer 2021 Sailor of the Year – Epic 30th Edition.

We have exceeded 22,000 total votes, and in seven days it will be possible to decree who, among the 100 candidates, passed the first round of voting by ranking in the top 30 positions.

Never before has the TAG Heuer 2021 Sailor of the Year – Epic 30th Edition. been so well received as this year, an Epic edition, as the name implies. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the most prestigious award in Italian sailing, we wanted a list of nominees filled with people of an enormous caliber who have distinguished themselves for particular sailing feats and more over the past 30 years. Multi-titled champions, those who made sailing history, enthusiasts who managed to make a dream a reality, and many more.


Let’s look at the top 5 at the moment:

In the top two positions are Simone Camba (photo left) and Marta Magnano (photo right), the two Sardinian sailors are competing for votes, backed by all the people of Sardinia and beyond. Both front-runners have a large following both in the media and stemming from the social world.

Simone, the policeman sail or who uses sailing as a means of social redemption, is leading the way with over 2,500 votes at the time of writing, while Marta follows soon after with over 2,200 votes.

Excitingly, Simone’s story of his work promoting sailing in Cagliari and throughout Sardinia is concerned with the social inclusion of both Sardinian adolescents with criminal issues and migrants, using sailing as a means of social redemption.

Marta, on the other hand, in January 2019, at the age of 28, decided to take the plunge and move to live abo ard Churingas, a 10-meter sailboat, turning it into her “sweet boat” with which to travel the world. Together with her two inseparable ducks who live aboard with her, Marta has managed to become for a growing audience a true example of courage and life choices.

-IIIth place for Elisabetta Maffei “the Adriatic”

The Pesaro-based sailor is credited with bringing so many people closer to sailing with her highly followed “basic” online video lessons. Started from the bottom, often criticized by a certain “snobbish” sailing community, she never got down she made the solo crossing from Barcelona to Pesaro on a Mini 650.




-IVth place for Giancarlo Pedote “The Hero of the Vendee”

A life for sailing, his. Sacrifices and hard work, the excellent results at the Mini Transat (fourth and second place), the great eighth place at the recently concluded Vendée Globe (no Italian did better than him). The Florentine sailor, 2016 Sailor of the Year, is an example: if you want to, you can.
-Vth place for super helmsman Francesco Bruni “The English”

Luna Rossa’s helmsman is one of Italy’s most accomplished, eclectic and titled active sailors.In his 30-year sports career, he has 7 World, 5 European and 15 National titles to his credit in various classes, from Laser to offshore, from Star to 49er and was first in the ISAF Match Race world rankings in 2011.He has participated in three Olympics and is vice world champion in the Moth class. This is his fifth America’s Cup, the fourth with Luna Rossa….



They are followed by: sixth-place Domenico Lamante, seventh-place Pietro Sibello, eighth-place Adrian Quan Cardi, and ninth- and tenth-place siblings Nicolò and Maddalena Spanu.

Who is most at risk?

A heated tussle revolves around the 30th position: we find some of the big names who understandably do not have the same social and media following reserved for the young people at the top.
A fight at the time of writing between Mauro Pelaschier (photo left) and John Elkann (photo right).
Born in 1949, Mauro Pelaschier has made sailing history. It is 1983 when Italy is in the America’s Cup with Azzurra. Mauro Pelaschier’s face, from Monfalcone, appears, along with Cino Ricci‘s, more or less from all over: even on elementary school notebooks, the striped and squared ones. The hardcover is white, Cino Ricci’s unmistakable signature is blue, and Azzurra’s two main protagonists, heart and mind, soul and strategy, are portrayed as they toil in the cockpit of the 12-meter international-gauge. In 1983, the passion for sailing was rampant when Azzurra won 25 of the 49 regattas contested.
John Elkann, class of 1976. Without him, the last Giovanni Soldini, the one of records and superboats, we would not have known him. The owner of the Maseratis (first the VOR 70, now the flying trimaran) is a true sailing and racing enthusiast, just like his grandfather, the lawyer Gianni Agnelli. The chairman of Exor and Fca as soon as he gets a chance, he climbs aboard with Soldini, as he did at the last Rolex Middle Sea Race. “I in the boat expect to win,” he said.

Vote people, vote!

One week to go, the outcome can still turn around! Vote, vote, vote. As a reminder, you can cast as many as 3 votes per voting phase for your favorites. You can give all 3 to the same person, to three different sailors, as you prefer. You will be asked to enter your email for voting authentication purposes. You can find the rules and all the dates for the TAG Heuer 2021 Sailor of the Year – Epic 30th Edition here.










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