Aussie lads dominate ISAF Rolex WSOTY

Skiffie October 5, 2012 0
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Trophy, (c) Rolex / Daniel Forster

The successful Olympics campaign from the Australian Sailing Team has seen 3 of the 5 finalists spots go to our Gold Medallists.

Odds are certainly in the favour of an Aussie bloke(s) taking out the gong, but there’s stiff competition with Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Loick Peyron (FRA) two absolute champions in their chosen classes of the sport.  The question is, will the incredibly successful run leading into London 2012 from all of our Aussie crews be enough to sway the judges?

However it pans out, it is a good reflection on the status of the AST and of our sailors at the moment.  The big push by Yachting Australia in promoting the sport through the Discover Sailing initiative can only be enhanced should one of the good guys win.  Good luck to Mat, Mal, Nath, Iain and Tom!
From the ISAF announcement:

Ben Ainslie (GBR)

Ben Ainslie eclipsed Paul Elvstrøm’s (DEN) Olympic achievements at London 2012 by winning his fifth Olympic medal and fourth consecutive gold to become the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. It was fitting that a Danish sailor, Jonas Høgh-Christensen, stood in the way of Ainslie at London 2012 as a game of cat and mouse developed ensuring the Medal Race was one of the most anticipated of the competition. Ainslie held off Hogh-Christensen finishing ninth to the Danes tenth to win gold in front of a partisan home crowd and secure his place in the history books.

  • Finn
  • London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist
  • 2012 World Champion

 

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS)

Over the past 12 months, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have amassed eight consecutive regatta victories including the Olympic Games, two 470 World Championships and four ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas. With three consecutive World titles since they teamed up in 2009, Belcher and Page were the undisputed favourites for gold at London 2012. Given a run for their money by British rivals who took an early initiative, the Australian team held firm in the Medal Race to take the title and consecutive gold medal success for Malcolm Page, the first time this has ever been achieved in the class.

  • Men’s Two Person Dinghy, 470
  • London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallists
  • 2011 World Champions
  • 2012 World Champions
  • 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champions

 

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS)

Childhood friends Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have raised the bar in the 49er class since they teamed up in the class in 2009. The Australians have been a permanent fixture on podiums and only a second place at the 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise tarnishes a near perfect record since they claimed their second 49er World Championship at the Perth 2011 ISAF Worlds. A successful defence at the 2012 49er Worlds in Zadar, Croatia teed them up nicely for the run up to London 2012 where they crushed the opposition to win gold with a race to spare.

  • Men’s skiff, 49er
  • London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallists
  • 2011 World Champions
  • 2012 World Champions
  • 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champions

 

Loïck Peyron (FRA)

On 6 January 2012 at 22:14 UTC Loïck Peyron entered the history books as he and 13 crew aboard the 40m maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V smashed the Outright Around the World Record to become the fastest men around the planet. At an average speed of 19.75 knots it took just 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds for Peyron to sail the 21,600 nautical miles and claim the Jules Verne Trophy. The team also set two new intermediate records for Equator to Equator at 32d 11h 52m and the Indian Ocean record at 8d, 7h 23m. Loïck Peyron is amongst the most decorated offshore sailors of all time with his success spanning single handed, two person and crewed ocean racing right through to the America’s Cup.

  • Banque Populaire V, maxi trimaran
  • Outright Around the World Record

 

Tom Slingsby (AUS)

Coming into the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Tom Slingsby was unbeaten on Weymouth and Portland waters and the overwhelming favourite to take gold. Determined to banish his Beijing 2008 demons Slingsby did not fail to impress and took the gold medal in style to become the first Australian sailor to win an individual Olympic gold medal. Slingsby’s road to London included wins at the 2011 and 2012 Laser World Championships to give him three consecutive titles and two ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta wins.

  • Men’s One Person Dinghy, Laser
  • London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist
  • 2011 World Champion
  • 2012 World Champion

 

2012 World Sailor of the Year Nominees (c) ISAF

 

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