TAG Heuer Sailor of the Year – Epic 30th Edition, passed 20,000 votes!


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TAG Heuer Sailor of the Year 2021 -. Epic 30th Edition: 20,000 of you have already voted!

It could only be so, as for the 30th anniversary of the most prestigious prize in Italian sailing, awarded by the Giornale della Vela since 1991, we put the best of the best Of the Italian sailors of recent 30 years, selected by our editorial staff; never before has the TAG Heuer Sailor of the Year 2021 – Epic 30th Edition attracted so much interest, votes, comments, a real tussle that ignites the spirits of sailors and others.

For the TAG Heuer 2021 Sailor of the Year – Epic 30th Edition you can cast as many as 3 votes per voting phase for your favorites: you have time, in this first phase, until March 5. The 30 highest vote-getters pass the round.

You will be asked to enter your email for voting authentication purposes. You can find the rules, prizes and all the dates for the TAG Heuer 2021 Sailor of the Year – Epic 30th Edition here!


Let’s see how the voting is going, who is in the lead and who is “in big danger”.

Who is in the lead? Sardinian duel gets more and more heated

In the top two positions are Simone Camba (photo left) and Marta Magnano (photo above), 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 more than 2,000 votes at the time of writing, while Marta follows soon after with nearly 1,900 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.

Let’s find out who is in the Top Ten!

-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 Pietro Sibello “the rediscovered champion”

The mainsail trimmer of AC 75 Luna Rossa, 2010 Sailor of the Year, is an indomitable champion. With his brother Gianfranco, he was the best performer of the 49er class in Italy. In 2008, he had his Olympic bronze medal “snatched” from his neck for outright misconduct perpetrated by an opposing crew and not sanctioned by the race judges; in 2012, the year in which he was supposed to take his revenge in London, an angioma prevented him from participating in the Olympics. But this is an indomitable champion who has always been able to pick himself up and overcome difficulties. And now he makes us dream in the America’s Cup.

-VIth 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…

-VIIth place for “Dodo” Domenico Lamante

At the 2020 Laser 4.7 European Championship in Portugal, Italy took the title in the Under 16 category with “Dodo” Domenico Lamante (LNI Pescara). Lamante also took third place and the bronze medal in the overall European ranking-a bright future lies ahead for the athlete from Abruzzo.


-VIIIth place for “enfant terrible” Adriano Quan Cardi

The young sailor under LNI Ostia triumphed at the 2020 Optimist European Championship in Slovenia, confirming himself as one of the promises to watch in this 2021…



Spanu Maddalena (left)
Spanu Nicolo (right)

-IXth & 10th place for the Spanu siblings , Maddalena and Nicolo

Nicolo (pictured right) is the young windsurfing phenom, already the 2019 U17 World Champion in Croatia, won the Youth World Cup in Almerimar (Spain) in the Slalom category. Four “heats” (trials), four firsts. Chapeau.

Magdalene (pictured left) is as talented as her brother. In Almerimar (Spain) he triumphed in his category by winning gold in the Youth World Cup in the Slalom category.



Here are those who are “on the edge”

In the off-limits zone in 30th place we find a big guy, perhaps one of the biggest: Mauro Pelaschier, who is in danger of not making it into the top 30 vote-getters. Helmsman of Azzurra in the America’s Cup in ’83, strong racer (Finn school), has taken and takes part in all the most important offshore races in the world. Don’t miss the real-time leaderboard by clicking here and cast your vote for your favorite sailor!



Now it is up to you to decide who, among the 100 candidates in the race, selected by the editorial staff from among the most influential sailors of the past 30 years, will pass the first round of voting. On the Sailor of the Year website you can cast as many as 3 votes per round of voting 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. Find the rules, prizes and all the dates for the TAG Heuer 2021 Sailor of the Year – Epic 30th Edition here.








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