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These awards recognize the top male and female sailor in the world. The winners are selected by the 125 ISAF Member National Authorities from an impressive field of nominees.
Alessandra Sensini and Ben Ainslie have been crowned 2008 ISAF ROLEX WORLD SAILORS OF THE YEAR. These awards recognize the top male and female sailor in the world. The winners are selected by the 125 ISAF Member National Authorities from an impressive field of nominees.

Alessandra Sensini, who for twenty years has been the undisputed queen of windsurf, with this year's silver medal in Qingdao has become the first and only woman who had won 4 Olympics medals.
“It's so difficult to describe my feelings in this moment,It's an honour to stand on the same stage as the best sailors in the world and receive this recognition. I remember seeing the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and dreaming of being on the podium with my country's flag. I've now completed 5 Olympics, that's 20 years of adapting to new technologies and changes and to be here now, tonight, is so important and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

Alessandra in the last Olympic games:

Carlo Borlenghi

Carlo Borlenghi

Ben Ainslie made history once again this evening as the first person ever to have won the Award three times in his career. He also have won 4 olympics medal and a almost endless list of world and european titles.
“Like Alessandra I would like to give a big thank you from my heart to everyone who made this happen. The next goal for Britain is to try for the America's Cup- we have a great British team. There are a lot of America's Cup heroes in this room and we hope to see you on the water in the near future,”

Ben in the last Olympic games:

Carlo Borlenghi

Carlo Borlenghi

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