The Best in the U.S.

US Sailing releases its shortlist of nominees for the 2012 Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year awards.

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Rolex Yachtsman of the Year
Who will join the outstanding sailors on this trophy?Courtesy Us Sailing

On Dec. 19, US Sailing released its shortlist of nominees for the 2012 Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year awards, which ranges from kiteboarders to one-design champions.

Nominees shortlisted for US Sailing's 2012 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award:
Audi Melges 32 European Champion Jason Carroll (New York, N.Y. )
SKUD-18 Paralympic Silver Medalist JP Creignou (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
IKA Speed Sailing World Champion Rob Douglas (Martha's Vineyard, Mass.)
Rolex Farr 40 World Champion Bill Hardesty (San Diego, Calif.)
Kiteboarding World Champion Johnny Heineken (Larkspur, Calif.)
Melges 32 World Champion John Kilroy (Los Angeles, Calif. )
J/24 North American Champion John Mollicone (Newport, R.I.)
Delta Lloyd Regatta Finn Champion Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.).

Nominees shortlisted for US Sailing's 2012 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award:
ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds Bronze Medalist Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.)
Skandia Sail for Gold Silver Medalist Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.)
Farr 30 World Champion Deneen Demourkas (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
SKUD-18 Paralympic Silver Medalist Jen French (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Kiteboard Racing World Champion Erica Heineken (Larkspur, Calif.)
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Eliott 6m Champion Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.)

Winners will be announced in January following deliberations by a panel of noted sailing journalists, and the awards will be given on Feb. 26, 2013. For more on the awards, visit US Sailing's website.

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