Mike Sanderson en Paige Railey behoren nu officieel tot de sailing greats
De International Sailing Federation (ISAF) en Rolex hebben vanavond in Helsinki (om 20u) de Laser Radial kampioene Paige Railey (USA) en Volvo Ocena Race winnaar Mike Sanderson (NZL) de titel geschonken van ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2006.
"This comes as a shock, I didn't really think I had the chance to win. I was really excited just to be nominated again. So to win it, I can't tell you how excited I am. It has been an amazing year. Winning the World Championship in Brazil last year, I really didn't expect to win that regatta. It was my first World Championship at senior level, and when I first got into Olympic sailing I was really stressed about being immersed in that scene. I was told I'd have to work my way up from the bottom, so to get in at the top was a real surprise. This year winning the Olympic Test Regatta in Qingdao was a real high point. I was just coming out of a slump, and then I had a really good event in China.
"I'd like to thank my family and my coach, Kaj Glinkiewicz, because they're pretty much the backbone for my sailing campaign. And thanks to my training partner Ben Paton and to my federation, US SAILING, for all the excellent work they're doing on behalf of sailors like me."
"I'm unbelievably honoured. These awards are something I've always followed with great interest, and to follow in the footsteps of names like Russell Coutts is amazing. I don't consider myself to be in the same league, but for people to nominate me for this is a great honour.
To lead a team like ABN AMRO ONE was a dream come true. For all 12 of us who sailed on the boat, including the two guys who joined us for the In Port races, this is a very special award. We had a really special relationship, we had a great team, we got on well, and we loved doing what we were doing. The fact that we've been honoured here by the world of sailing is very cool."