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US Sailing announces the shortlist of nominees for the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards.

2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards

On December 8, US Sailing released the shortlist of nominees for the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced in mid-January, and are decided by a panel of noted sailing journalists. The winners will be honored on February 22, 2012.

Nominees shortlisted for US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award: Melges 32 World Champion William Douglass (Southport, Conn.); Etchells World Champion Bill Hardesty (San Diego, Calif.); IKA Kite Course Racing World Champion Johnny Heineken (Larkspur, Calif.); Laser North American Champion Clay Johnson (Toms River, N.J.); Allstate Sugar Bowl J/22 World Champion Rob Johnston (Heath, Texas); Finn U.S. National Champion Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); Star North American Champion George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.); and Velux 5 Oceans Winner Brad Van Liew (Charleston, S.C.). Johnson, Railey, and Szabo are members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics

Nominees shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2011 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award: Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta (ISAF Sailing World Cup) Elliott 6m Champion Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wisc.); Farr 30 World Champion Deneen Demourkas (Santa Barbara, Calif.); 29erXX North American Champion Kristen Lane (Tiburon, Calif.); Kiel Week 470 Women Champion Erin Maxwell (Stonington, Conn.); Kiel Week Laser Radial Champion Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); US Sailing's Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Champion Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.); and Skandia Sail for Gold Champion Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.). Barkow, Maxwell, Railey, and Tunnicliffe are members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics.