Sail Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year Award: Nominations are now open!

Deadline for nominations is September 14, 2023

Kingston, August 14, 2022 – Nominations for Sail Canada’s 2023 Rolex Sailor of the Year Award are now open and the deadline to apply is September 14, 2023.

Nomination forms can be filled online through Sail Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year Award page on Sail Canada’s website at

Nominees will be individuals who, since September 15, 2022, have shown a significant involvement in activities which provided global recognition to Canadian sailing and Sail Canada, and who are renowned leaders that have attained high levels of excellence with significant results and accomplishments in world events or activities, with priorities given to leaders who have attained high levels of excellence in Olympic/Paralympic class sailboat competitions. Along with recognition for exemplary sportsmanship, they hold the respect of their fellow sailors.

Sail Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year Award has been given out annually since 1986. Amongst previous winners of Sail Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year award, Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic medalists Evert Bastet (2007), Terry McLaughlin (2001 and 2013), John McRoberts and Jackie Gay (2016), as well as Paul Tingley (2008) are all on that prestigious list, as is Ross MacDonald, who won it three times (1990, 1992 with Eric Jespersen and 2004 with Mike Wolfs). Sarah Douglas as well as Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance have also received this prestigious award in the past few years.

Sail Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year Award will be presented at Canada’s Celebration of Sailing reception to be held October 17, 2023, at the Port Credit Yacht Club. More details about the event will be provided shortly.

More information about Sail Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year Award, including its history and previous winners, is available at

About Sail Canada
Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing in the country. Sail Canada is a leading international sailing nation, proud of its world class athletes, lifelong participants and inclusive culture. The organization and its members are committed to excellence by developing and training its leaders, athletes, sailors, instructors, coaches and officials. With the valued support from our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations and our member clubs, schools, organizations and stakeholders, sailing is promoted in all its forms. By setting standards and delivering programs from home pond to podium for Canadians of all ages and abilities, from dinghies to keelboats, cruising to navigation, windsurfing to powerboating and accessible sailing, Sail Canada sets sail for all, sail to win and sail for life.

A sport in the Olympic program since the first Games in 1896, except in 1904, the pursuit of success in these Games is what fuels the focus of Sail Canada as Canadian athletes have so far achieved nine Olympic and five Paralympic medals.