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ISAF Rolex Male Sailor of the Year nominee, Bill Hardesty

Male Sailor of the Year nominee Bill Hardesty (far right) celebrates his third Etchells World title

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2014. Male Sailor of the Year nominee Bill Hardesty (far right) celebrates his third Etchells World title. Credit Sharon Green.

A talented tactician and gifted helm, Bill Hardesty is accustomed to fleet and match racing success.

The 39-year-old was tactician on-board Ninkasi at the 2013 Melges 20 World Championship in Florida, USA. Across the ten race championship Hardesty, alongside helm John Taylor and bow Joey Mello, amassed four race victories to seal the class’ first world title.

As Etchells World Champion in 2008 and 2011 Hardesty ventured into the 2014 edition in Newport, Rhode Island, USA with a young crew, eager to impress. Hardesty steered Line Honors expertly around the Etchells race track consistently recording top fleet results. With 94 other crews unable to match Hardesty he sealed the deal with a day to spare to pick up his third world title in the class.

Hardesty was back in the tactician role at the J/70 World Championship in Newport in September, proving his diversity as a keelboat sailor. On-board Catapult, helmed by Joel Ronning, Hardesty walked away with silver.

As tactician, Hardesty has also been pivotal to Ian Williams’ triumphs on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The 2011 and 2012 World Champions finished runners up overall in 2013 but were back to winning ways at the 2014 Match Race Germany in May.

View Bill Hardesty’s ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Profile.

Joining Hardesty as Male Nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2014 are Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS), Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), Giles Scott (GBR) and James Spithill (AUS).

The Voting
The winners are selected by the ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs), the national governing bodies for sailing around the world. The MNAs are now invited to vote for the male and female nominee they believe most deserves the Award.

The winners will be announced at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards presentation and dinner, taking place on Tuesday 4 November 2014. The venue for the event will be at the Pueblo Español, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Each winner will be presented with the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award Trophy and a distinctive Rolex timepiece.

View all of the nominees here.

Who will join the list of winners?

2013 Mat Belcher (AUS), Jo Aleh & Polly Powrie (NZL)
2012 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Lijia Xu (CHN)
2011 Iker Martinez & Xabier Fernandez (ESP), Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
2010 Tom Slingsby (AUS), Blanca Manchon (ESP)
2009 Torben Grael (BRA), Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
2008 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Alessandra Sensini (ITA)
2007 Ed Baird (USA), Claire Leroy (FRA)
2006 Mike Sanderson (NZL), Paige Railey (USA)
2005 Fernando Echavarri & Anton Paz (ESP), Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
2004 Robert Scheidt (BRA), Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)
2003 Russell Coutts (SUI), Siren Sundby (NOR)
2002 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)
2001 Robert Scheidt (BRA), Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
2000 Mark Reynolds & Magnus Liljedahl (USA), Shirley Robertson (GBR)
1999 Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL), Margriet Matthijse (NED)
1998 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Carolijn Brouwer (NED)
1997 Pete Goss (GBR), Ruslana Taran & Elena Pakholchik (UKR)
1996 Jochen Schümann (GER), Lai Shan Lee (HKG)
1995 Russell Coutts (NZL), Isabelle Autissier (FRA)
1994 Peter Blake (NZL) & Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR), Theresa Zabell (ESP)

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