Cast your vote for Yachtsman of the Year

Do you know someone who deserves the top accolade? Voting closes on Friday.

The Raymarine YJA Yachtsman of the Year and Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year Awards are the principal awards for British sporting excellence for both power and sail, the list of past winners includes all the great names in yachting – Eric Hiscock, Sir Francis Chichester, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sir Chay Blyth, Edward Heath, Tracy Edwards and Ellen MacArthur.

The current holders of the Yachtsman of the Year title are the members of Great Britain’s 2004 Olympic sailing team that won five medals in Athens, and for the second successive time positioned Great Britain as the top sailing nation at the Games.

The Raymarine YJA Yachtsman of the Year Award is open to any British resident or passport holder whose achievements under sail or power during 2005 justifies the title. The winner is presented with the prestigious silver navigation buoy mounted on a sea of crystal which was commissioned specially by the late Sir Max Aitken in 1953.

The Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year Award recognises endeavour and achievement by young British sailors. Nominations are for youngsters aged under 19 at 31st December 2005, are either British residents or passport holders and who have made a significant impact on youth sailing during the current year. This could be on the race course, in the classroom, overcoming adversity or other notable achievement. The winner will be presented with a trophy commissioned by Raymarine.

Click here to cast your vote. Remember, voting closes on Friday, 4th November.