Sailor of the Year 2023, one week away. Do you already know who to vote for?


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Sailor of the Year 2023, some candidates in the “Passion” category. Discover them at

Only one week to go. For the 32nd time since 1991, the Sailor of the Year, the most prestigious award in Italian sailing organized by the Giornale della Vela, returns.

Sailor of the Year 2023

An important edition this 2023, where some new features are unveiled regarding the format of the award and the participation of the online audience(you will be able to win some great prizes, as we explain below).
It will be you, with your online votes starting May 22 on the website
to decide who, from each category, will advance to the finals. Do you already know who to vote for?

How the Sailor of the Year 2023 works.

Step 1. May 22-June 5

  • Everyone will be able to cast one vote for each category (max 5 votes), subject to email entry. The public’s vote is binding, paxe to the finals the top 3 vote-getters in each category from which the Sailing Newspaper Jury will choose the final winners. The candidate who has taken the most votes overall will automatically win the Most Voted audience award.

Step 2. June 15/16

  • In two video installments on our Youtube channel, social media and our website we reveal who the winners chosen by the Sailing Newspaper jury are and interview them for you in an unmissable “vela-talk.”
  • Episode 1:
    Thursday, June 15, 9 p.m.
    . Interview with Passion and Most Voted award winners. Announcement of the winners of the Owner, Young and Innovation awards

  • Episode 2:

    Friday, June 16, 9 p.m.
    . Interview with the winner of the Sailor of the Year and Vincenzo Onorato, Epic “lifetime achievement” award.

Support your candidate and win!

The big news this year is that those who vote also win! You can send us your endorsement (here are examples of those who have already done so) for your favorite candidate in two ways:

  • By writing an email (signed) with reasons why you should win Sailor of the Year to
  • Filming a selfie-style video in which you express endorsement and motivation, posting it on Instagram tagging @jornaledellavela and with the hashtags #velistadellanno or #velistadellanno2023
  • The seven best endorsements received no later than June 14 will be awarded by the Sailing Newspaper Jury (the same one that decides the winners of the Sailor of the Year) with two Garmin quatix 7 sailing smartwatches and five state-of-the-art Garmin InReach two-way satellite receivers (pictured below).

The Sailor of the Year 2023 is in collaboration with:

PIRELLI, FROM TIRES TO SAILING. The historic Milanese manufacturer of car, motorcycle and bicycle tires is a global brand recognized for innovation and technology. Also historical passion for various sports, including sailing. A bond that has lasted since the 1970s and continues today aboard “Luna Rossa” in the America’s Cup and “Alla Grande Pirelli” in the solo ocean challenge.

GARMIN MARINE ITALY, A PARADISE FOR YOUR BOAT. The Italian division of the global electronics giant provides you with all of Garmin’s marine products to equip your boat with the latest technology and to always navigate in total safety.







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