Sailor of the Year 2023: your turn, vote (and win) for your candidate


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Sailor of the Year 2023
Some of the nominees for Sailor of the Year 2023. You can vote for them until June 5 at
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This is it, now it’s your turn, they are officially open on
the online voting for the 31st edition of the Sailing Newspaper’s Sailor of the Year. The prestigious award, the Oscar della Vela, which the Journal has been putting up for grabs since 1991 in this 2023 comes with some new features, starting with the format of the 60 nominees, but also in terms of the participation of the public who, by voting, have a chance to win as we tell you below.

Sailor of the Year 2023How the Sailor of the Year 2023 works.

We were talking about so many novelties being inaugurated in this 2023 edition, starting with the candidates, who are 60 instead of 100 as in the past, in order to aim from the outset for a pool of sailors with a higher quality. The division into categories remains, but only one competes for the first prize, which will be awarded by the Sailing Newspaper jury along with those in the categories Passion, Young, Owner, Innovation. The other changes as you will read below concern public participation.

Step 1. May 22-June 5

  • Everyone will be able to cast a vote for each category (max 5 votes), subject to email entry. The public 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 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 event is organized 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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