Sun, 23 Jan 2022

LONDON, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Olympic gold medalists Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre, both from Great Britain, have been named female 2021 Rolex World Sailor of the Year while Australia's Tom Slingsby won the men's award.

Mills and McIntyre, who claimed gold in Tokyo in the 470 class, received 37% of the votes.

The gold in Tokyo was Mills's second following her victory from Rio 2016 with her new partner. McIntyre won her first gold medal in Tokyo and followed in the footsteps of her father, Michael, who won gold at the 1988 Games in Seoul.

The pair received 37% of the votes, making them the clear choice for this year's female Rolex World Sailor of the Year award.

Slingsby secured 29% of the votes after defending his Moth World Championship, winning 13 of the 14 races, securing back-to-back 2019 and 2021 title wins.

He has also set the standard in the global SailGP circuit, earning the season 1 title as Team CEO and Skipper of Team Australia, which is also currently top of the series leaderboard with just two events remaining in season 2.

Slingsby also capped a fantastic year on the water by being part of the crew of "Comanche", winners of the 2021 Rolex Middle Sea Race.

A record-breaking 40,000 votes were cast this year to honor the achievements of sailors across all disciplines.

The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award went to the Sail Africa Youth Development Foundation for increasing the participation of ethnically diverse and female sailors in Durban, South Africa.

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