With 42.000 total votes between the two “preliminary” stages where the public vote had a binding character for the Jury (Read HERE how it went), the Sailing Newspaper TAG Heuer Sailor of the Year has undisputedly established itself as the most participatory sailing award there is, designed by sailors for sailors. Looking forward to the final round that will determine the finalists from April 2-15, in which the public vote will be advisory for the final prizes but decisive in awarding “Most Voted,” let’s take a look at what the Evening of Champions will be like, an event on the docks of the Port of St. Margaret’s absolutely not to be missed.
New this year is that, coming to the Evening of Champions, Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m., you will not only learn about the greats of sailing and find out who has won the most prestigious title in Italian sailing, but if you have voted in one of the three stages, you can win two fantastic raffle prizes: a TAG Heuer watch, the same as the Sailor of the Year, and a boat vacation provided by our partner GlobeSailor.
THE EVENING OF CHAMPIONS IN A NUTSHELL
WHERE: In Santa Margherita Ligure, in the TAG Heuer VELAFestival event area.
WHEN: Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. You can meet the awardees in the afternoon at the dock.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Everyone can participate in the big prize-giving party. Admission is free.
WHAT THE PARTICIPANT WINS: A TAG Heuer Aquaracer watch (the same as the Sailor of the Year winners) and a long weekend on a three-cabin, two-bathroom Beneteau Oceanis 38 (May 8-9-10, 2020) at Sail Italia’s Procida base are raffled off among all attendees at the awards party.
TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COCKTAIL: Those who register for the prize drawing (see previous item) will participate in the exclusive post-award cocktail reception with the Sailors of the Year.
WHO IS AWARDED SAILOR OF THE YEAR: The best overall.
TAG HEUER #DON’T CRACK UNDER PRESSURE: award to the toughest sailor/boat of the year.
INNOVATION: Award to the sailor/boat that has contributed most to innovation.
PERFORMANCE: award to the sailor/boat that most achieved outstanding performance.
YOUNG: (B&G award): to the best young person of the year.
MOST VOTED: award to the sailor/boat with the most votes in all phases of the online poll at www.velistadellanno. giornaledellavela.com.
TRIBUTE: Award to a great sailor/boat/association that has made sailing history.
ECO MEDPLASTIC: award to those who have distinguished themselves by eco-responsible behavior toward the sea.
VOTING: Everyone can vote from 4/16 to 3/5 for the final 25 candidates. The jury on the basis of the result of voting and the candidates’ resumes will award the prizes. The result is revealed on Friday, May 3.
THREE VOTES PER PHASE
Starting this year there are two new features: it will be possible to cast three votes per stage (and no longer just one)! You can decide to give three preferences to a single candidate, or divide them among several candidates. For the validation of each vote, you will be asked for your email address: we recommend that you type in the right one; you will find out why in a moment:
VOTE AND WIN!
This year there are two more (mouth-watering) opportunities to vote for your favorite Velista of the Year candidates. Among all the survey voters who will take part in the Evening of Champions (you will be asked to register for the event with the email you provided during voting), on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at theTAG Heuer VELAFestival, will be raffled off a prestigious Aquaracer chronograph from our longtime partner TAG Heuer And, thanks to new partner of the Sailor of the Year Globesailor a long weekend on a boat provided by Sail Italy (May 8-9-10, 2020 in the base of Procida aboard a Beneteau Oceanis 38, 3 cabins and 2 bathrooms, skipper not included).