29th October, 2018
Voting for the Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2018 is being carried out since Monday (15/10) and Cypriot Olympic medal winner Pavlos Kontides is one of the five candidates for the award
Cypriots as well the interational sailing community and friends can show their support towards Pavlos Kontides, who has been nominated for sailing’s most honourable award, the Rolex World Sailor of the Year.
The public has been invited to vote from October 15th up until October 29Th here.
The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards is the most prestigious award of recognition in the dynamic sport of sailing. Since the awards’ inception in 1994, the trophy has proudly accumulated the names of those who have demonstrated unparalleled endurance, performance and accomplishment in sailing.
The winners will be announced on October 30th at the World Sailing Awards Ceremony in Sarasota, Florida, USA. The Awards night is the social highlight of the World Sailing Annual Conference.
The 28 year old sailor is a candidate for this particular award for the first time in his career. He is also the first Cypriot ever to be a candidate as the best athlete in his sport. «I would like to ask for the support of the Cypriots and all the people who appreciate sports and sailing as well. It is a great honour for me, and also a dream that came true, to be included amongst the candidates for the Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2018, and it will be the greatest honour for me to win this particular award» Kontides stated.
The last twelve months were amazing for the Limassol Nautical Club sailor, as he has won the World Championship at Split in 2017 and the World Championship at Denmark in 2018, for the second consecutive year. In between this, he won the European Championship and climbed on the first place in the Laser category for the first time in his career.
The other candidates
Aside from Kontides, the rest of the candidates are, Charles Caudrelier from France, of Volvo Ocean Race, the 49er twin Sime and Mihovil Fantela from Croatia, the Dutch Dorian van Rijsselberghe from RS:X και Nacra’s Ruggero Tuta from Italy.
The public’s vote counts 30% on the final decision and 70% are the votes of the National Associations.
The Rolex World Sailor of the Year awards were found in 1994 and since then, World Sailing and Rolex award the best man and woman sailor, or crew, from the Olympic and open sea categories.
The last time in which a sailor from the Laser category has won the Rolex World Sailor of the Year, was in 2010, when the legendary Australian Tom Slingsby was voted as the best sailor of the year.
More information at www.facebook.com/PavlosKontidesOfficial and voting at http://www.sailing.org/news/2018vote.php#.W8R5o2gzbIW.