Wendy Tuck, who this year became the first female skipper to ever win around the world yacht race, has scooped the pool at this year’s Australian Sailing Awards. Tuck took out the top honour in winning the Female Sailor of the Year as well as bagging the inaugural Offshore Sailor of the Year award for her efforts in leading Sanya Serenity Coast to victory in the Clipper Round the World Race in July.

“It’s a great honour to win this award, it’s been surreal since winning the Clipper (race) I had a great team who helped me get there so this award really is for them,” Tuck said on the night.

Tuck has rounded out her stellar year by being the only Australian nominee for the 2018 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. Voting for the award is now open here: http://www.sailing.org/news/2018vote.ph

Australian Sailing Team and Tokyo Olympics aspirant Matt Wearn took out the Male Sailor of the Year award, after a stunning year on the international circuit in the laser class. His year was highlighted by silver medals at both the World Championships in Kiel and the World Cup and Olympic test event in Enoshima, Japan.

16-year-old Chealseann Osborne from Townsville beat an experienced field to win this year’s Sailor of the Year with a Disability category. Osborne has been sailing for the past eight years and in April she won a gold and a silver at the Special Olympics Australia National Games in Adelaide.

In a good display of the sport’s bright future, there was a highly competitive field of outstanding performances by our young sailors vying for the Youth Sailor of the Year Award. The award ultimately went to Western Australia’s Zac Littlewood, who was crowned the 2018 World Laser Radial Champion in Kiel, Germany against an open fleet of 92 competitors from 25 countries.

Nicole Douglass was once again recognised with the Sport Promotion Award for her tireless efforts in promoting sailing through her business, Adventures of a Sailor Girl. The multi-platform communications approach provides coverage of events that in turn generates great interest in the sport of sailing.

The Sport Professional Award was given to The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Head coach, Jordan Reece, and the prestigious President’s Award was this year awarded to three highly respected veterans of the sailing community in Kevin and Ross Wilson from Victoria and Sydney’s Denis Thomson.

Australian sailing legend John Longley AM was also recognised on the night for his outstanding contribution to the sport by being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. John Longley has been involved with sailing and the sea almost all of his life. He started sailing as a young boy in dinghies on the Swan River, graduating to ocean racing in Australia and later on in Europe and America, including the Transatlantic Race. This lead to a long involvement with the America’s Cup, which saw him sailing as a crew member in five consecutive America’s Cup campaigns from 1974 to 1987 including the victorious Australia II campaign. He has continued his work with the sport, initiating the replica build of Cook’s Endeavour and is the current Chair of the Dragon Class and assisting in the management of the 2019 World Championships.

Full list of Award Winners:

Male Sailor of the Year
Matt Wearn (WA)

Female Sailor of the Year
Wendy Tuck (NSW)

Offshore Sailor of the Year
Wendy Tuck (NSW)

Youth Sailor of the Year
Zac Littlewood (WA)

Sailor of the Year With a Disability
Chelseann Osborne (QLD)

Sport Promotion Award
Nicole Douglass (NSW)

Sports Professional Award
Jordan Reece (NSW)

Lifetime Achievement Award
John Longley (WA)

President’s Award
Kevin and Ross Wilson (VIC)
Denis Thompson (NSW)

Club of the Year
Sandringham Yacht Club (VIC)

Coach of the Year
Michael Blackburn (NSW)

Official of the Year
Mike Rogers (SA)

Instructor of the Year
Alan Polglaze (WA)

Volunteer Award
David Kemp (QLD)

CYCA SOLAS Trust Bravery Award
Phil Sommerville-Ryan and the crew of Huckleberry

 

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