Five male and four female nominees make up the 2013 shortlist

The 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year will

be announced at an award ceremony in

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman tonight.

The winners are selected by the ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs),

the national governing bodies for sailing around the world, who vote

for the one male and one female nominee they believe most deserves

the award.

The ceremony, attended by international sailing stars, key decision

makers and sponsors will take place at the Al Bandar Hotel, host venue

of the 2013 ISAF Annual Conference.

Five male and four female nominees make up the 2013 ISAF Rolex World

Sailor of the Year shortlist based on their achievements from 1

September 2012 to 31 August 2013 but only one winner can prevail in each


The names vying for the prestigious title are:


Mathew Belcher (AUS) – Australian gold rush

François Gabart (FRA) – Macif Attack

Johnny Heineken (USA) – King of the Kites

Paul Larsen (AUS) – Rocket man

Ian Williams (GBR) – Man of the match

Jo Aleh & Olivia Powrie (NZL) – Conquering Kiwis

Deneen Demourkas (USA) – Farr too good

Erika Heineken (USA) – Queen of the Kites

Raiya Al Habsi (OMA) – Trail blazing Omani

Click here to find out more about the nominated sailors and their achievements.

HM King Constantine, ISAF President of Honour, will announce the winners

each of whom will be presented with the trophy and a Rolex timepiece.

Picture: The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominees gathered in Sultanate of Oman. Credit: ISAF