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Sailing’s best of 2009 shortlisted for awards

It wouldn't be December without the annual "year in review" and "best of" lists, and the release of US Sailing's shortlist of nominees for the 2009 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards marks that traditional milestone for the sport of sailing in the United States.

It was an outstanding year of achievement on the water during 2009: American men won nine world championships, while competitive excellence was achieved by American women in both fleet and match racing events.

The nominees will be reviewed by a panel of noted sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each nominee and vote to determine US Sailing's 2009 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. The ultimate winners will be announced in mid-January and honored Feb. 26, 2010, during a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, where they will be presented with Rolex timepieces.

Click here for the full release and list of finalists.