Sailor of the Year: surpassed 17,000 votes, 3 days until voting closes

sailor of the year 2023
From left to right: Franco Corazza, Gianluca Grisoli, Mattia Cesana,the Melges 24 The Italian Job, Alberto Bona and Ambrogio Beccaria.

We have entered the final rush of the Sailor of the Year, the Sailing Oscar that the Sailing Newspaper has been organizing since 1991, and the number of votes confirms the large public following of the online “poll” that will decide who the finalists will be: with 3 days to go before voting closes on June 5, a total of 17,388 votes have been collected.

After June 5, the “ball” will pass to the Journal of Sailing’s Quality Jury who will decide, from the roster of three finalists in each category chosen by the public, who the winners will be.

sailor of the year 2023 logoThe trend of the rankings.

From the beginning in the various categories in the competition, some trends have emerged, but, at least in one category, a few surprises have emerged in recent hours.

In the category The Sailor of the Year, the only one competing for the overall title, there is a trio firmly in the lead Ambrogio Beccaria and Alberto Bona are certainly not two surprises but the two sailors who are making us dream on the Class 40s. But also in the top 3 is Cecilia Zorzi, currently second, the sailor who won the World and European Double-handed Mixed offshore Championships with the Figaro 3. Currently off the provisional podium are the reigning sailors of the year, Olympic gold medalists Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti.

In the Passion category , the one that does not only look at competitive results, it is raining votes for content creator/influencer Emalloru, which has already surpassed 3,000. Also watch out for Alessio Campriani, the Umbrian sailor who crossed the Atlantic in a 5-meter boat, and Franco Deganuti and Manuel Vlacich. These two “fools” entered the Guinness World Record for participating with the Melges 24 The Italian Job in the same year in the world’s most attended regattas: Bol d’Or, Round the Island, Barcolana.

Head to head in the Young category, the junior category, for Ginevra Caracciolo (ILCA 4F World Champion) and Nicolò Cassita (ILCA 4 World Champion). Men’s vs. women’s laser! How will it turn out? Rounding out the podium is Mattia Cesana, who was crowned ILCA 6 Youth World Champion (formerly Laser Radial) for the second time and has now pulled away in the rankings from Optimist Arthur Brighenti.

In the Owner category the new entry in the podium area is, in provisional second place, is Giovanni Battista Borea d’Olmo, whose Vistona won Le vele d’Epoca di Imperia Aurici 1 and the Vela Cup Sardegna with his Vistona. Firmly in the lead is Gianluca Grisoli, and Corrado Annis closes the podium.

In the Innovation category, Grand Soleil manager Franco Corazza leads the rankings, followed by the Guelfi/D’Angeli pair, designers of Ambrogio Beccaria’s Class 40, and ORC design wizard Matteo Polli.


Support your candidate for Sailor of the Year and win!

Meanwhile, it is a veritable “boom” of your endorsements to the candidates in the race(first “roundup” here and second HERE). Because we told you that this 32nd edition of the most prestigious award in Italian sailing given by the Giornale della Vela since 1991 is also special to you supporters. In fact, if you send us your “endorsement” (support for an application) you can win some great prizes raffled off by Garmin Marine(HERE we explain prizes and rules).

We remind you that you have two chances to send in your endorsement by June 14:

  • 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 top 7 endorsements, chosen by the Journal of Sailing jury, will be rewarded with two Garmin quatix 7 sailing smartwatches and five state-of-the-art Garmin InReach two-way satellite receivers.

Please note: we will not necessarily choose the endorsements of the candidates who turn out to be winners, or even just the 60 candidates in the race. You can speak out for whomever you want: it will be the manner and transport with which you do so that will make the difference!

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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