Every major sailing event showcases performance of the international sailors in a different light.
For instance, Sam Meech who made notable headlines with his performance in Rio Olympics finished in the third position in the final medal races of the World Cup Series that was held in Hyeres, France. He left with mixed emotions as he feels that there were considerable ups and downs in the results.
Being a bronze medalist of the Olympic category, he finished in the overall ninth position in the laser class that had 60 participants in total. The third race of the regatta saw him a winner. He also had four finishes in the top ten in other races. However, he felt that he could have fared better overall that would have showcased in the final medal race. The weeklong series saw him have some good sailing days and he had fun as well. However, in certain cases he disappointed himself and cost himself points that affected the overall results.
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United States Sailing recognizes the best sailor man and woman every year with the Rolex Yachtsman and Woman award.
In 2016 as well, the preparation has begun and the jury is busy in short listing the name. United States sailing has announced the name of eight shortlisted man sailors and six women sailors for the final round.
2016 Rolex Yachtsman, nominees done by US sailing are
- Augie Diaz, winner of Star World Champion from Miami.
- Brad Kendall from Tampa, Hugh Freund from South Freeport and Rick Doerr from Clifton silver medalist of Paralympic.
- Terry Hutchinson from Annapolis winner of Maxi 72, TP52 World Champion and Rolex Farr 40.
- John Kostecki from Fairfax winner of Melges 20 and J/70 World Championship.
- Dave Hughes from Miami and Stu McNay from Providence winner of 470 North American Champions and Melges 24 World Champions.
- Mike Marshall from Jamestown winner of J/22 World Championship.
- Mike Martin from Mill Valley winner of 505 World Championship.
- Caleb Paine from San Diego Olympic Bronze Medalist.
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