ISAF and Rolex are proud to announce that the male and female winners of the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are:
- Blanca Manchón (ESP) and Tom Slingsby (AUS)
Blanca Manchón was nominated for the third time this year and had her family and friends with her at the Awards ceremony here in Athens.
Sofia Bekatorou Kosmatopolos (GRE), Blanca Manchon (ESP) and Arnaud Boetsch, Rolex SA, Photo by: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
“This is really fantastic,” said a radiant Manchón on stage as she accepted her trophy and her Rolex timepiece. “As this is my third nomination for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award we were all hoping this would be it… and here I am! I cannot believe it.
Blanca Manchon, ESP, female winner Photo by: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
I worked very hard to get here but I’m young – only 23 years old – so I hope I continue to do many things and maybe I will see you again here someday.”
Tom Slingsby could not make it to Athens for the ceremony due to electrical storms over Sydney that grounded international flights.
Sofia Bekatorou Kosmatopolous, host of the ceremony and HM King Constantine of Greece Photo by: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
Slingsby was surprised when his phone call to “discuss laser sailing”, turned into a live announcement from HRH Prince Frederik of Denmark, announcing that he had won the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. “Wow, thank you!” said Slingsby.
Tom Slingsby, ISAF Rolex Wolrld Sailor of the Year 2010 male winner, Photo by: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
“I just remember sitting on the rocks in Sydney harbour watching the Olympics. I remember seeing people like Ben Ainslie and Robert Scheidt, two former winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, and thinking, “I want that, that’s really what I want to do.” To be considered among them today is really an incredibly big honour.”