Awards & Trophies

US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awards

The top performing U.S. sailors of the year have been shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2019 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. The annual determination of this year’s awards represents a wide range of accomplished sailors at different stages of their respective careers and from various disciplines in the sport. All six of these finalists represent their own unique pathway to the top of the sport and have each mastered their craft with a dedicated focus on precision and performance on the grandest stage.

Top (L to R): Mike Martin and Adam Lowry, Daniela Moroz, David and Peter Askew. Bottom (L to R): Berta Puig and Bella Casaretto, Willem Van Waay, Nicole Breault

Yachtsman Finalists – David and Peter Askew; Mike Martin and Adam Lowry; Willem Van Waay
Yachtswoman Finalists – Nicole Breault; Daniela Moroz; Berta Puig and Bella Casaretto

Review the 2019 Sailing Resumes of the Finalists Below and Make Your Selections

Fan Voting Closes Sunday, January 26.


Finalists for US Sailing’s 2019 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award:

David Askew (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Peter Askew (Baltimore, Md.): David and Peter Askew’s team on Wizard enjoyed a tremendously successful 2019. The team won the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, scoring the best corrected time under IRC. They completed the 600-mile non-stop race in 43 hours, 38 minutes and 44 seconds. Wizard also become the first U.S. boat in 30 years to win the overall title at the Rolex Fastnet Race.

2019 Sailing Resume Highlights:

RORC Caribbean 600
Antigua / February 18-20, 2019
IRC Overall Results: 1/42
Line Honors

Rolex Fastnet Race
London, UK / August 3-5, 2019
Overall Results: 1/333
First in Class (Monohull)

Transatlantic Race
Newport, RI to Cowes, UK / June 25-July 6, 2019
Overall Results: 1/13
IRC Results: 1/2

Pineapple Cup – IRC Division
Miami, FL to Montego Bay, Jamaica / January 27, 2019
Results: 2/3

Atlantic Ocean Racing Series
First Overall

Mike Martin (Mill Valley, Calif.) and Adam Lowry (Mill Valley, Calif.): It was yet another triumphant season on the 505 circuit for Mike Martin and Adam Lowry. The California tandem won the 2019 International 505 World Championships held in Fremantle, Australia in January. They defeated the large fleet of 89 teams with a dominating performance. Martin and Lowry clinched the regatta before the final day of racing and did not race in the final two races of the championship and still won by 14-points over Mike Holt and Carl Smit. The win for Martin marked his fourth 505 World Championship, and for Lowry it was his second.

2019 Sailing Resume Highlights:

International 505 World Championship
Fremantle, Australia / January 2-7, 2019
Results: 1/89

505 North American Championship
Ontario, Canada / August 22-26, 2019
Results: 1/39

505 Canadian Championship (CORK)
Ontario, Canada / August 16-18, 2019
Results: 1/23

Columbia Gorge One-Design Regatta- 505
Portland, OR / July 26-28, 2019
Results: 1/21

Willem Van Waay (Coronado, Calif.): Willem Van Waay proved his wide array of skill sets again in 2019 for several teams across many events and various classes. The tactician’s year was highlighted by a win at the J/24 World Championship in Miami with skipper Keith Whittemore aboard Furio. Van Waay and crew outlasted the fleet of 79 to claim the first-place prize by 16 points through 10 races. They won two races, including two of the last three of the regatta, and posted six top five finishes. The stacked fleet featured five former J/24 World Champions.

2019 Sailing Resume Highlights:

J24 World Championship (Tactician)
Miami, FL / October 19-26, 2019
Results: 1/79

J24 Kiel Race Week (Tactician)
Kiel, Germany / June 22-30, 2019
Results: 1/28

J24 D-10 District Championship / Pre-Worlds Regatta (Tactician)
Miami, FL / October 12-13, 2019
Results: 1/14

J70 Midwinters (Tactician)
Miami, FL / February 21-24, 2019
Results: 1/50

Rolex Big Boat Series – J70 (Tactician)
San Francisco, CA / September 11-15, 2019
Results: 1/14

San Diego NOOD Regatta – J70 (Tactician)
San Diego, CA / March 15-17, 2019
Results: 1/15

Marblehead NOOD Regatta – J70 (Tactician)
Marblehead, MA / July 25-28, 2019
Results: 1/25

Long Beach Race Week (Tactician)
Long Beach, CA / June 21-24, 2019
Results: 1/18

New England Championship/Newport Regatta- J70 (Tactician)
Newport, RI / July 6-7, 2019
Results: 1/10

Cedar Point Regatta – J70 (Tactician)
Westpoint, CT / June 1-2, 2019
Results: 1/10


Finalists for US Sailing’s 2019 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award:

Nicole Breault (San Francisco, Calif.): Renowned match racer Nicole Breault has always been a well-rounded and versatile sailor. Her skills as a tactician aboard Good Trade were on full display at the 2019 J/105 North American Championship, held last September in Marblehead, Mass. at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Breault and the crew on Good Trade defeated the fleet of 18 teams. They posted 18 points over eight races and won by an eight-point margin. They won three races, including the final race of the regatta, and never placed outside the top five.

2019 Sailing Resume Highlights:

J105 North Americans (Tactician)
Marblehead, MA / September 5-8, 2019
Results: 1/18

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta – J/105 (Tactician)
Marblehead, MA / July 25-28, 2019
Results: 1/15

Block Island Race Week – J/105 (Tactician)
Block Island, RI / June 23-29, 2019
Results: 2/16

J88 North Americans (Crew)
Larchmont, NY / October 16-20, 2019
Results: 3/14

Nations Cup (Skipper) – Match Racing
San Francisco, CA / April 9-14, 2019
Women’s Results: 2/10

California Dreamin’ Series Stop #1 (Skipper) – Match Racing
San Francisco, CA / March 9-10, 2019
Results: 1/8

U.S. Match Racing Championship (Skipper)
San Francisco, CA / October 3-6, 2019
Overall Results: 4/8 (Semifinalist)
Women’s Results: 1/2

Daniela Moroz (Lafayette, Calif.): Kiting phenom Daniela Moroz makes the shortlist for the fourth consecutive year. In 2016, she became the youngest to ever win the award, female or male, at the age of 15 when she burst onto the kite foiling scene. Moroz once again defended her Formula Kite World Championship with a resounding victory on Lake Garda in Italy, her fourth consecutive World Championship against a growing and increasingly talented women’s fleet of 30 competitors. Moroz continued her dominance by winning five of seven races and placing second in the two races she did not win. She won by three points over Russian challenger Elena Kalinina.

2019 Sailing Resume Highlights:

IKA Formula Kite Class World Championship
Lake Garda, Italy / May 1-5, 2019
Results: 1/29

European Championship
Sardinia, Italy / September 25-29, 2019
Results: 1/30

ANOC World Beach Games
Katara Beach, Qatar / October 13-15, 2019
Results: 1/20

Hempel World Cup Series Finale
Marseille, France / June 2-9, 2019
Overall Results: 12/20
Women’s Results: 1/4

Kite Foil World Series
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy / October 2-6, 2019
Overall results: 18/64
Women’s results: 1/23

Kite Foil World Series
Gizzeria, Italy / July 24-28, 2019
Overall Results: 18/80
Women’s Results: 1/20

Kite Foil World Series
Weifang Beihai, China / September 5-9, 2019
Overall Results: 12/35
Women’s Results: 1/9

Kite Foil World Series
Pingtan, China / September 12-17, 2019
Overall Results: 12/27
Women’s Results: 1/8

Berta Puig (Miami, Fla.) and Bella Casaretto (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.): Berta Puig and Bella Casaretto made huge strides in 2019 by winning their first Youth Sailing World Championship in the Girls 29er Event last July in Gdynia, Poland. After placing in second at this event in 2018, the duo took the next step this year by capturing gold by a convincing score. Puig and Casaretto bested the fleet of 25 and won by 32-points over 13 races. They won five races and had eight top three finishes on their way to first place honors overall.

2019 Sailing Resume Highlights:

Youth Sailing World Championships – 29er
Gdynia, Poland / July 13- 20, 2019
Results: 1/25

29er Youth World Qualifiers
Miami, FL / February 16-18, 2019
Overall Results: 2/24
Women’s Results: 1/7

29er Midwinters East
Miami, FL / March 16-17, 2019
Overall Results: 2/17
Women’s Results: 1/3

29er Midwinters West
Coronado, CA / March 22-24, 2019
Overall Results: 3/33
Women’s Results: 1/5


 

 

Past Winners
2018 – Jud Smith/Carmen and Emma Cowles
2017 – Peter Duncan/Erika Reineke
2016 – Caleb Paine/Daniela Moroz
2015 – Steve Benjamin/Annie Haeger
2014 – Terry Hutchinson/Stephanie Roble
2013 – Brian Porter/Jody Starck
2012 – Johnny Heineken/Jen French
2011 – Bill Hardesty/Anna Tunnicliffe
2010 – Stan Honey/Anna Tunnicliffe
2009 – Bora Gulari/Anna Tunnicliffe
2008 – Terry Hutchinson/Anna Tunnicliffe
2007 – Jeff Linton/Sally Barkow
2006 – Jud Smith/Paige Railey
2005 – Nick Scandone/Sally Barkow
2004 – Paul Foerster & Kevin Burnham/Jody Swanson
2003 – Augie Diaz/Hannah Swett
2002 – John Kostecki/Liz Baylis
2001 – Steve Fossett/Cory Sertl
2000 – Mark Reynolds & Magnus Liljedahl/JJ Isler & Pease Glaser
1999 – Eric Doyle/Dawn Riley
1998 – Paul Cayard /Betsy (Gelenitis) Alison
1997 – Chris Larson/JJ Isler
1996 – Dave Ullman/Courtenay (Becker) Dey
1995 – Ed Baird/Cory Sertl
1994 – Ken Read/Danielle Brennan
1993 – Cam Lewis/Betsy (Gelenitis) Alison
1992 – Kevin Mahaney/Julia Trotman
1991 – Ed Adams/JJ Isler
1990 – Jim Brady/Courtenay Becker
1989 – Larry Klein/Jody Swanson
1988 – John Kostecki/Allison Jolly & Lynne Jewell
1987 – Ed Adams/Susan Dierdorff Taylor
1986 – Dennis Conner/JJ Isler
1985 – Ken Read/Kathy Steele & Heidi Backus
1984 – Bill Buchan/Betsy Gelenitis
1983 – Dave Curtis/Wendy Thomson
1982 – Randy Smyth/Betsy Gelenitis
1981 – Dave Curtis/Betsy Gelenitis
1980 – Dennis Conner/Lynne Jewell
1979 – Ted Turner/Nell Taylor
1978 – Buddy Melges/Bonnie Shore
1977 – Ted Turner/Jan O’Malley
1976 – Lowell North/Allison Jolly
1975 – Dennis Conner/Joan Ellis
1974 – Ted Hood/Sally Lindsay
1973 – Ted Turner/Sally Lindsay
1972 – Buddy Melges/Jane Pegel
1971 – Ding Schoonmaker/Jane Pegel
1970 – Ted Turner/Jan O’Malley
1969 – Robert F. Johnson/Jan O’Malley
1968 – Lowell North/June Methot
1967 – Bus Mosbacher/Betty Foulk
1966 – Bill Cox/Jerie Clark
1965 – Dick Tillman/Timothea (Schneider) Larr
1964 – Bob Bavier/Jane Pegel
1963 – Joe Duplin/Leggie Mertz
1962 – Bus Mosbacher/Sue Sinclair
1961 – Buddy Melges/Timothea Schneider