Here are your 2017 Rolex Sailor of the Year Finalists
March 2nd, 2018 - Kingston, ON
Today is the big day! Sailors from across the country are gathering to celebrate and recognize the achievements and successes that have happened over the year. As we gather to honour these awards, there is some suspense as to who will be named the 2017 Rolex Sailor of the Year!
The award was first presented in 1986 to America's Cup supporter Paul Phelan, who successfully organised a merger between Canada's top 12-meter syndicates. The award now recognizes a Canadian sailor who brings recognition to Canadian sailing, and Sail Canada for their leadership, sportsmanship, and significant involvement in the sport.
Without further ado, here are your top 3 finalist!
Brenda Bowskill (RCYC)
Brenda exemplifies world-class performance, dedication and passion for the sport of sailing. Placing 5th overall at the 2017 Laser Radial World Championship in Medemblik, Netherlands, she made history as the best performance ever by a Canadian, at this event.
The resilience and commitment not only to the sport, but to her education as well, is a testament to the strength of her character. Always pursuing excellence, she is a great role model for today’s youth and continues to inspire young females to dream big and work hard.
Al Clark (RVYC)
Al Clark topped his 2017 season with an impressive win at the 2017 Laser Master World Championships in the grand master category. A former Canadian Youth Champion, and the only Canadian sailor to have won his age division at the Laser Masters Worlds, having taken the title an impressive four times; twice in the Standard Rig and twice in the Radial.
Al is a wealth of knowledge and is always open to sharing his expertise and helping out developing sailors whenever he can. As head racing coach at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, he has coached and inspired many young BC sailors, including Canadian Olympians and members of the National Team. Al’s depth of experience and knowledge in world class sailing is a benefit to all who cross his path.
Rossi Milev (PCYC)
Rossi Milev is a household name in the sailing world. As the current J24 World champion, Rossi is no stranger to podium finishes, from the PanAM Games to the Susan Hood Race. Not only a world Champion Sailor, he is also a coach, mentor, tuner, boat builder, and a Canadian Sailing advocate.
As an outstanding ambassador of his home club, the Port Credit Yacht Club and sailing in Canada, he constantly demonstrates strong sportsmanship at home and abroad. Internationally renowned, he is sought out for his knowledge and expertise in the sailing and racing community.
Stay tuned as we celebrate Canada’s best sailors!
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