World Sailing is delighted to announce that Rolex, the leading name in luxury wristwatches, has extended its sponsorship of the World Sailor of the Year Awards for 2016. Rolex has been the title sponsor of the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards since 2001. The awards are the highest honour of recognition male and female sailors can achieve. In addition to the magnificent Rolex World Sailor of the Year trophy, each winner is presented with an engraved Rolex watch. The 2016 Rolex World Sailing of the Year Awards event will take place during the World Sailing Annual Conference in Barcelona, Spain in November. Since the awards inception in 1994, the trophy has proudly accumulated the names of those who have demonstrated unparalleled endurance, performance and accomplishment in sailing.
Onorato's 'Mascalzone Latino' Wins 2016 Melges 32 Europeans, Goransson Crowned Overall Sailing Series® Champion . In a very dramatic last race, Onorato goes on to win European Championship, Goransson awarded Sailing Series® Championship honors, Kim Haugaard/Jan Madsen's Challenger wins Corinthian European title. In down-to-the-wire classic Lake Garda, competitive, Melges 32 racing style, the final day of the final act of the 2016 Sailing Series® presented an epic challenge. In the end, it was Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino that rose to the occasion, winning his second ever Melges 32 European Championship title!
The Valencia Boat Show takes an exciting new direction in 2016 with a fresh commercial focus as well as different dates. The Valencian exhibition will now take place in October instead of April. In 2016, the Valencia Boat Show will be held from 31st October to 6th November with major European boat builders confirmed to attend and with the opportunity to test the boats at sea. The new president of the event organizer, Unión de Empresas Náuticas (UEN), Fernando Jimenez, aims to shake up its image and include it in the ranks of major international boat shows. To do this, the Valencia Boat Show has confirmed the attendance of major boat builders from the European nautical industry. For the first time ever, Bavaria, Beneteau, Dufour, Hanse and Jeanneau will attend and showcase an entire new fleet of leisure boats from 2016. “The Valencia Boat Show will be the star of the autumn in Valencia, a city that attracts tourists from all over Europe, and will confirm the city in its place at the centre of major sporting and sailing events. The main attraction for visitors will be the opportunity to test the boats, thanks to the excellent conditions in the Marina and the typically beautiful weather of this Mediterranean city”, said Fernando Jimenez.