Nominations open for Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year

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US Sailing is now accepting nominations for its 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, widely acknowledged as the foremost individual sailing honors in the nation.

Through Nov. 30, every member of US Sailing can nominate the one male and one female sailor they think has turned in the most outstanding on-the-water performance during the 2012 calendar year.

Nominations can be made online through US Sailing's website.

Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex since 1980, the annual presentation of US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards recognize the individual male and female U.S. sailor who has demonstrated on-the-water excellence at international and/or national events to earn their place in the history books.

At the conclusion of the nomination period, a short list of nominees will be presented to a panel of accomplished sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each and vote by secret ballot to determine the individual award winners. The winners will be honored in February during a luncheon at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, when they will be presented with specially-engraved Rolex watches.