Who will be the
boats.com YJA Yachtsman of the Year 2015 ?

Scott, Walker and Williams in contention

Voting has closed for the coveted 2015 boats.com YJA Yachtsman of the Year Award and the winner of this highly competitive and prestigious yachting honour will be revealed next week.

In contention for the title of Britain's top yachtsman are a host of top names from the sport — Giles Scott, Ian Walker and Ian Williams who all scored outstanding achievements during 2015.

Giles Scott dominated the Finn class for the past two years, maintaining an unbeaten run since October 2013 and has also been part of the Ben Ainslie Racing team where he helped secure a win at the first event of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World series in Portsmouth.

Ian Walker became the first British skipper to win the Volvo Ocean race where he led Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing to victory in the 2014/15 event.

Ian Williams won the ISAF World Match Racing Championship for a record fifth time, finishing the 2014/15 season with 12 event wins and 35 podium finishes.

The winner of the top award will be revealed at a gala ceremony in London on Tuesday, January 12 at Trinity House London.

The boats.com Young Sailor of the Year Award will also be presented at the event, chosen from the up-and-coming young talents of Jack Lewis, Eleanor Poole and Cameron Tweedle.

Jack has had a highly successful season, placing third overall in the RS Feva Junior World Championship and the RS Feva Junior Europeans which he won outright.

Eleanor won the 2015 Topper National championships and, while garnering a string of firsts, also secured an impressive seventh at the Worlds on Lake Garda in Italy.

Cameron had a successful first season in the Olympic Finn class where he finished first under 18 in the Finn Silver Cup and 11th overall in the French National Championships.

The winners of the boats.com YJA Yachtsman of the Year Award and Young Sailor of the Year Award are decided by YJA members’ votes.

From windsurfer Jono Dunnett’s unsupported circumnavigation of the UK, to Sam Davies’ leadership of the first female team to compete in the Volvo Ocean race for many years, Ian Southworth’s long-sought J/24 world championship victory, and an impressive display from Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis at the dinghy champion of champions event, sailing provided journalists with a diverse wealth of material.

Katie Jackson, boats.com brand manager, commented: “The shortlist of nominees for the UK’s top sailing award, the boats.com YJA Yachtsman of the Year Award, is always very strong. This year, the list highlights some exceptional achievements, and it was tough for the members of the YJA to choose a winner."

Already a highly regarded accolade, the 2015 Yachtsman of the Year Award carries even more significance as it celebrates its Diamond Jubilee year.

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A Hampshire sailor has scooped one of Britain’s most coveted sporting trophies

Ian Walker, from Warsash, has won the boats’com YJA Yachtsman of the Year award.

In 2015 he became the first British skipper to win the Volvo Ocean Race – the F1 of round the world sailing. He also led his Abu Dhabi racing team in setting a 24-hour distance record of an incredible 550.82 nautical miles.

Ian joins other yachting heroes such as Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sir Robin Knox-Johnson and Sir Ben Ainslie in receiving what is regarded by many as the 'knighthood of yachting'.

The Yachtsman of the Year Award was established in 1955 by Sir Max Aitken, Battle of Britain pilot, newspaper tycoon and a leading yachtsman in sail and power. This year marks its Diamond anniversary.

Devon young sailor scoops top award

Fifteen year old Eleanor Poole from Dunsford in Devon has been named boats.com YJA Young Sailor of the Year.

Eleanor Poole won a string of firsts to win the National championships for one of the biggest dinghy classes, the Topper. She went on to be seventh at the 2015 Topper World Championship on Lake Garda, Italy.

Previous winners of the Young Sailor award include Dame Ellen MacArthur and Sir Ben Ainslie.

Who will be the boats.com YJA Yachtsman of the Year 2015 ?

Voting has closed for the coveted 2015 boats.com YJA Yachtsman of the Year Award and the winner of this highly competitive and prestigious yachting honour will be revealed next week.

The winner of the top award will be revealed at a gala ceremony in London on Tuesday, January 12 at Trinity House London.

The boats.com Young Sailor of the Year Award will also be presented at the event.

Already a highly regarded accolade, the 2015 Yachtsman of the Year Award carries even more significance as it celebrates its Diamond Jubilee year.