Sailor of the Year, -3 days to go. We explain how voting works. Are you ready?


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We are almost there, just three days away from the launch of the most prestigious award in Italian sailing, given out since 1991(stories of all past winners here). The Sailor of the Year is awarded to the one who, based on your preferences (which you can express in the online poll on our website starting Jan. 30, from 1 p.m.) will turn out to be the sailor who most excited you. It will be your votes that will determine who makes the shortlist for the final victory, among which will be unveiled at the VELAFestival (May 4-7 in Santa Margherita Ligure: info on, During the Evening of Champions (Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m.), the 2017 TAG Heuer Sailor of the Year and all the winners of the other awards (Performance, #don’tcrackunderpressure, Innovation and Young).

Rankings articles and readers’ reports in hand, in the editorial office we took stock of the past season by identifying 100 “nominations” among racers, drifters, owners, sailors (the ocean sailors or those who showed off their “long sailing” skills), designers and builders. In some cases we also felt compelled to nominate boats with a special story (after all, every enthusiast knows that the boat has a soul and that without the boat the sailor can accomplish very little): You will find out the candidates at the same time as voting begins on Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. In this first phase, The 50 most voted candidates will pass the first round. Below you will find, described by an infographic, how the Sailor of the Year works and the voting steps.



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