Here are your 2018 Rolex Sailor of the Year Award finalists ...
Friday, March 1st, 2019 - Toronto, 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 2018 Rolex Sailor of the Year!
The award was first presented in 1986 to America's Cup supporter Paul Phelan, who successfully organized 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 finalists!
John McRoberts & Scott Lutes
John McRoberts & Scott Lutes have been leaders in the Para and overall high-performance sailing community in Canada for many years.
Coming together as a team for the first time at the 2018 Clagett Memorial Regatta & U.S Para Sailing Championships in the RS Venture Connect, this duo gave sailors a run for their money. Finishing first within their division, these Paralympians also took home the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Trophy for overall general excellence to a full team of sailors with disabilities.
Continuing their new found passion for this boat, these sailors went on to compete at the 2018 World Sailing Para World Championships where they claimed a bronze medal.
The love that John and Scott have for sailing is infectious. Not only are they decorated Paralympic sailors, but they are continuously giving back to aspiring sailors motivating them to reach for the top.
Tom is a well decorated Canadian sailor, having previously been honoured with the Nathan Cowan Memorial Award, awarded to the best developing sailor of the year, the Marvin McDill award, also known as the Rookie of the Year Award as well as a two-time Skippers’ Plan Male Athlete of the Year award recipient.
From the time Tom started competitive sailing he has shown progression and dedication through continual improvement. Achieving personal milestones yearly, the Aarhus 2018 World Sailing Championships marked his best performance at a world championship and is a representation of his relentless pursuit of excellence in the sport.
Tom’s performance at the 2019 Miami World Cup proved that he continues to improve his skills every step of the way towards the podium. Learning to sail at the small club of Stoney Lake Yacht Club, Tom is an inspiration to youth sailors showing them that if you have the passion and drive, your possibilities are endless.
Since starting in the Opti, Sarah Douglas has always shown excellence on the water, from her performance on the Opti circuit to representing Canada at the Youth Olympic Games, this sailor has continued the climb to where she now sits as one of the top Laser Radial sailors in the world.
A veteran of receiving awards, Sarah has previously been honoured with the Marvin McDill Memorial Award, and now Skippers’ Plan Female Athlete of the Year. As she remains Laser Radial focused on her goal of representing Canada at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Sarah exemplifies world-class performance, dedication and passion for the sport of sailing. She is an inspiration to athletes across Canada and continues to give back to the community.
Sarah makes time to support the Broad Reach Foundation, the Fast and Female program, and returns to her home club of Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club to be a guest coach. Sarah is a true ambassador to the sport of sailing.
Stay tuned as we celebrate Canada’s best sailors!
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Established in 1931, Sail Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Yachting Association) is the national governing body for the sport of sailing. The Association promotes sailing in all its forms including yachting through collaboration with our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations, member clubs, schools, and many individual stakeholders.