Please select your home edition
Hyde Sails 2017 Dinghy Show
Product Feature
Crewsaver Coastal Flare Package
Crewsaver Coastal Flare Package
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine

Full racing risks
New for old cover

Four world-class teams on World Sailing Team of the Year Award shortlist

by World Sailing 28 Oct 2018 14:16 GMT 19-25 January 2019
World Sailing Team of the Year Award Trophy © World Sailing

Four elite, world-class sailing teams - showcasing the dynamism of the sport - have been shortlisted for the inaugural World Sailing Team of the Year Award.

The World Sailing Team of the Year Award celebrates teams of two or more sailors who personify the sporting values of integrity, ambition, resilience and resourcefulness. Out of 17 nominations, Dongfeng Race Team (CHN), TeamNL Sailing Team (NED), Team Beau Geste (HKG) and Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) were shortlisted.

The judging panel included Stan Honey, Chairman of the Oceanic and Offshore Committee, Eddie Warden-Owen, CEO of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yann Rocherieux, Chairman of World Sailing's Athletes' Commission & World Sailing Board Member, Andrus Poksi, Classes and Officials representative and Andy Rice, leading sailing journalist.

The winner, voted for by the judging panel, will be announced at the 2018 World Sailing Awards, set to be held on Tuesday 30 October 2018 in Sarasota, Florida, USA.

More information on the teams and their achievements over the past 12-months is below:

Dongfeng Race Team

Dongfeng Race Team won hearts and minds worldwide in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, taking an unexpected podium finish. At the 2017-18 edition, Charles Caudrelier assembled a team of world-class offshore ocean racers and Chinese sailors that were fully capable of becoming the first Chinese team to win the Volvo Ocean Race.

On the final leg, from Gothenburg, Sweden to The Hague, The Netherlands, Dongfeng Race Team went head-to-head with MAPFRE and Team Brunel knowing that whoever finished ahead would claim the title.

Dongfeng Race Team made the right call to move inshore and take a narrow leg win to seal the Volvo Ocean Race title.

TeamNL Sailing Team

At the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, TeamNL Sailing Team brought a diverse group of individuals and sailing disciplines together. The blend of personalities worked in harmony to create a team ethic that drove the team to claim the IOC President's Trophy - awarded to the best performing team at the four-yearly Sailing World Championships.

Dutch sailors occupied the top step of the podium in three of 12 events in Aarhus. Lilian de Geus and Dorian van Rijsselberghe won the Men's and Women's RS:X and Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz snapped up 49erFX Gold. Kiran Badloe and Marit Bouwmeester walked away with Silver in the Men's RS:X and Laser Radial and Pieter-Jan Postma claimed Finn Bronze.

Team Beau Geste

Following the announcement of a combined ORC and IRC World Championships, Karl Kwok set about building a team and a yacht, with a key ambition to win at the World Championships in the Hague, The Netherlands.

Skippered by Gavin Brady with Patrick Kong at the helm, the team came together, testing themselves at the Rolex Big Boat Series and the PAC 52 US Nationals. In a tough competition, the early makings of the team began to unfold. After a further test at the North Sea Regatta, they achieved their goal at the World Championships, sailing a near perfect week to win with a day to spare.

Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA)

The Italian team got 2018 off to a flying start in the Nacra 17, winning Gold at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, followed by a victory at the World Cup Series regatta in Hyéres, France. Less than 90km down the coast at the World Cup Final in Marseille, they continued their winning form taking another Gold.

Ahead of the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, they warmed up perfectly by taking the European title. In Aarhus, the pair battled hard in a mixed bag of conditions and headed into the Medal Race with a single point lead. With a fading breeze, the final battle was cancelled and they were confirmed as 2018 World Champions.

About the World Sailing Awards

The World Sailing Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and exceptional contributions to the sport of sailing. The highlight of the annual Awards night is the presentation of the ultimate recognition of excellence - the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.

The Awards night is the social highlight of the World Sailing Annual Conference and 2018 is set to be a ground-breaking edition with the introduction of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, the Team of the Year and the Boat of the Year.

Alongside Rolex World Sailor of the Year and the new Awards, the Beppe Croce Trophy, President Development Award and eSailing World Championship Trophy will be presented.

Related Articles

Paris 2024 decisions made
At World Sailing's 2019 Mid-Year Meeting World Sailing's Council made key decisions on the Equipment to be used at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition on Sunday 19 May as the Mid-Year Meeting concluded in London, Great Britain. Posted on 19 May
Recommendations on Paris 2024 Equipment
Three Events and Equipment were confirmed for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition The Equipment to be used at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition was at the top of the agenda and the Committee debated the subject at length before voting on what recommendations they will put forward to World Sailing's Council Posted on 19 May
Paris 2024 Equipment top of the agenda
World Sailing Mid-Year Meeting starts Friday in London Chelsea Football Club, London, Great Britain will host World Sailing delegates from 17-19 May for the 2019 edition of World Sailing's Mid-Year Meeting. Posted on 16 May
World Sailing to grow sport with IF for INAS
World Sailing and INAS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has partnered with the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) to jointly promote and grow sailing for people with intellectual impairments globally. Posted on 15 May
World Sailing Presidential Newsletter: April 2019
It has been another busy month Genoa hosted their first Sailing World Cup, part of the Hempel World Cup Series - an annual circuit of Olympic sailing for elite and professional sailors – it is truly a key touchpoint for fans and the media to connect to the sport of sailing Posted on 2 May
Tokyo 2020 Men's and Women's One-Person Dinghy
World Sailing wishes to make clear its position on the current issues World Sailing is aware of the current dispute between the international class association (ILCA) and its main manufacturer (Laser Performance). Posted on 29 Apr
Hempel World Cup Series Genoa overall
Brazil snapped up two gold medals on the final day Brazil snapped up two gold medals on the final day of the Hempel World Cup Series event in Genoa, Italy with Hungarian, Danish and Kiwi sailors claiming the remaining gold medals. Posted on 21 Apr
Hempel World Cup Series Genoa day 6
First medals go to Australia, The Netherlands and Spain Odile van Aanholt and Marieke Jongens (NED) won the 49erFX Medal Race, moving up two places to win gold before Australian brothers David and Lachy Gilmour sealed the deal in the 49er. Posted on 20 Apr
Hempel World Cup Series Genoa day 5
Scene set for 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Medal Races The fifth day of competition in Genoa saw a long awaited 6-9 knot steady western breeze arrive, ensuring that 41 of 42 races were completed. Posted on 19 Apr
Hempel World Cup Series Genoa day 4
Hat-trick puts Dutch 49erFX team in pole position Odile van Aanholt and Marieke Jongens (NED) snapped up a hat trick of race wins in the 49erFX to propel themselves into pole position at the Hempel World Cup Series event in Genoa, Italy. Posted on 18 Apr