SAILING, in conjunction with MDM Marine Services and Raymarine sponsor the ‘Sailor of the Year’ Award.
MDM Marine Services are the exclusive importers of Raymarine products into South Africa.
Raymarine are a world leader in high performance marine electronics for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets.
The overall ‘Sailor of the Year’ receives a substantial cash prize.
Sailor of the Year Award
The award is strictly for ‘sailing excellence’ or in exceptional circumstances, for ‘dedication to the sport’.
It is also an individual award, although in exceptional circumstances, a team will be considered.
Who can make nominations? Anyone may submit nominations. There is NO requirement for a Club, Class or anyone else to sanction or approve a nomination. So a skipper can nominate his crew, or vice versa, as our judges require a good cross section of achievers from who to select the monthly winner.
The identity of the person submitting the nomination is NEVER made public, nor passed on to the panel of anonymous judges. The judges therefore only judge on the merits of each nomination.
Nomination Procedure? Nominations must be fully motivated in writing, and accompanied by a head-and-shoulders picture of the candidate, and if possible an action sailing pic aboard his/her boat. Motivations must include current performances, a brief CV of the nominee, and other pertinent, personal background information (age, school, employment, home town etc) so that an interesting editorial on the winner may be written. Failure to submit the required material will result in the nomination not being considered.
Submissions to be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local RSA Optimist sailors have generally had a torrid time when competing internationally, and few in recent times have managed to make the Gold fleet at their very first attempt. But this changed when Sean Kavanagh competed in the European championship last month, his first ever major European event, and made his mark by getting …
After several years of trying, and coming so close last year, Paul Lagesse finally won the Hobie 16 Nationals in 2019 offshore Durban. He managed this feat against a fleet that was smaller than usual, some 21 boats, but included perennial champion Blaine Dodds and regular Durban front runner Garth Louden, so was as high …
Since winning the Far East 28 Worlds in China in October last year, Hall has competed with distinction in the Cape 31 Class – which is the only keelboat class producing really tough and competitive sailing. It’s fast, it’s relentless, and it’s close, exceptionally close in fact, with a mere minor error being exceptionally costly …
Mike Hayton is no stranger to the competitive racing scene, and a man who likes to surround himself with a dedicated crew who like to sail and play hard. Plus, with two top keelboats in his stable he is able to give both women and men the opportunity to sail on top boats. The annual …
It’s been a few decades since South Africans performed with class and distinction on the world singlehanded stage, and while race from Cape Town to the Island of St Helena is anything but ‘on the world stage’, Dale Kushner was the only singlehanded competitor. Singlehanded sailing is something he has dreamt about for many years, …
This is always a pleasurable time of the year as it’s when I get to announce the Raymarine SAILING Mag Blog Sailor of the Year. This award is made in conjunction with MDM Marine Services who are the local RSA importers of Raymarine sailing electronics. Sincere thanks to them for their on-going support and sponsorship …
Malcolm led a team of South Africans to the FarEast 28 worlds in China in October. The team was made up of crew from his Cape 31, Magic, which he recently launched in Table Bay with the desire to join in the tight and competitive racing that is provided. His team were made to work …
Stefano Marcia is a worthy candidate as he has just won the 2018 Laser National Championships in style, while showing that he is the top Laser sailor in the country. He also holds the SAS Northern Region provincial championship title and finished fifth in the 2018 American Nationals. He represented South Africa at the 2016 …
Dave Shilton was invited to join a group of Finn sailors in a 2-week ‘Emerging Nations’ Programme before the 2018 Finn Gold Cup in Denmark. He received intense coaching and support both before and during the Gold Cup. The programme proved a great success for Shilton as he was 5th in the first race of …
It’s a pretty safe bet to say that Blaine Dodds has to be South Africa’s top Hobie sailor as he has such an impressive local and international record in these cats. His latest victory is another international title to add to the long list he already has. He recently competed in the Sylt Regatta in …
The month in which the Lipton Cup is sailed always highlights some interesting characters and even more important, some incredible performances. It’s hardly surprising then that Roger Hudson is the one to be singled out as he skippered the RCYC team to a Lipton victory on ‘foreign’ waters by winning 4 of the 5 races. …
Sailing in the TP 52 Super Series during June in Croatia, Tina Plattner and her crew, with a generous number of South Africans aboard, scored a number of ‘firsts’ which have tipped the scales in her favour to win this award for the second time this year. It is rare that anyone gets to win …
Now here’s a man who is no stranger to this award, and even has the prestige ‘Sailor of the Year’ title to his credit, yet he continues to mellow and shine as he climbs the ‘age ladder’ in our wonderful sport! He is of course the evergreen Blaine Dodds – Hobie Cat supremo and doyen …
Bernard Farmer took his Charger 33 to a stunning handicap win in the Vasco da Gama Ocean race between Durban and Port Elizabeth at the end of April. This was a very tough race with the fleet being clubbed by two gale force South Westerlies in excess of 40 knots. But this did not deter …
It is rare that we receive nominations for cruising yachtsmen, but good safe seamanship in hostile and bitterly cold waters is as important as making a dinghy or keelboat go fast on the race course. Gert is one of the quietest and most low profile of sailors, but in recent years he has completed two …
Roll of Honour
Sailors of the Month – 2017
February Matt Ashwell
March Mikhayla Bader
April Lord Irvine Laidlaw
May Jonathan Ham
June Calvin Gibbs
July Andrew Tarboton
Sailors of the Year
2016 Rob van Rooyen
2015 Stefano Marcia
2014 Blaine Dodds
2013 Asenathi Jim
2012 Roger Hudson
2011 Stefano Marcia
2010 Asenathi Jim
2009 Taariq Jacobs
2008 David Hudson
2007 Dominique Provoyeur
2006 Craig Millar
2005 Shaun Ferry
2004 Justin Onvlee
2003 Dominique Provoyeur
2002 Golden Mgedza
2001 John Eloff