Rolex Sailor of the Year Past Winners

Rolex Sailor of the Year Past Winners

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. To date, the Rolex Sailor of the Year has been awarded to many more outstanding Canadian sailors.

Rolex Sailor of the Year nominees are individuals who:

  1. Have been significantly involved in an activity that, through the year, has provided recognition to Canadian sailing and Sail Canada. Results and accomplishments in world settings are considered in recipient selection, with priorities given to individuals who have attained high levels of excellence in Olympic/Paralympic class sailboat competition during the award year.
  2. Have shown leadership qualities with respect to an event or activity.
  3. Demonstrate sportsmanship and the gaining of respect from fellow sailors.
  4. Are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

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Sarah Douglas
Tom Ramshaw
Brenda Bowskill
John McRoberts & Jackie Gay
Lee Parkhill
Eric Holden
Terry McLaughlin
Oskar Johansson
Paul D Phelan
Fredrik D Eaton
Curtis Florence
Paul Tingley
Evert Bastet
Michael Leigh
Chris Cook
Ross MacDonald and Mike Wolfs
Derek Hatfield
Stephen Tupper
Terry McLaughlin
Livius Sherwood
Richard Clarke
Dirk Kneulman
Gerry Roufs
Bill Abbott, Joanne Abbott and Brad Boston
Ross Cameron
Paul Henderson
Karen Johnson, Jennifer Normand, Suzanne Calladine and Cathy McPherson
Ross Macdonald and Eric Jespersen
Hank Lammens
Ross Macdonald
Andre Julien
Lawrence Lemieux
John Hughes
Paul J. Phelan, CM

  • Rolex
  • Helly Hansen
  • Gallagher Skippers' Plan
  • BMO Sail Canada MasterCard
  • Government of Canada