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Ed Wright shortlisted for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award

It was announced today that Finn World Champion Ed Wright has been nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.

The annual awards recognise sailors for his or her outstanding achievements in the world of sailing.  Every November the ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) – the national governing bodies for sailing – vote for their favourite male and female nominee.

A potent force in the heavyweight Finn fleet, Skandia Team GBR’s Wright started the award nomination period (1 September 2009-31 August 2010) by securing the 2008-09 ISAF Sailing World Cup title last September, before enjoying the best possible start to the 2009-10 season with golds at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta and the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma.

The 32-year-old Wright, renowned as one of the fittest sailors in the Finn fleet, found form again at the European Championships in Split in May where he earned a silver medal, before his consistent approach again saw him claim the overall World Cup series title for the second year in a row.

But Wright’s real focus for the year was the Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco this August, where his eye was firmly on earning a first World Championship title.

And he did not disappoint, proving a dominant force throughout the regatta to lead the fleet into the final Gold Cup medal race with a 13-point advantage, before leading the medal race from start to finish to claim his first World Championship in style.

“It’s very exciting and I’m really happy to have been nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award,” Wright enthused.

“It’s such a prestigious award and to win would have to count as a big lifetime achievement.  I wasn’t expecting to have been nominated – you don’t really think about these sorts of things when you’re out there doing your thing.

“There are some great names in world sailing who have won this award – I’m just so pleased to have had such a successful and consistent year and to have even been nominated.”

The winners will be unveiled at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year presentation and dinner on Tuesday 9 November 2010 at the Zappeion in Athens, Greece.

Congratulations to Ed Wright for the nomination and everyone at Musto’s fingers are crossed!

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