Annie Haeger and Steve Benjamin were named US Sailing’s 2015 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. 

Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the annual presentation of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are considered the sport’s ultimate recognition of an individual’s outstanding on-the-water achievements for the calendar year.

Annie Haeger and Steve Benjamin, at different stages of their sailing careers, amassed a year to remember and will be recognized as the best of 2015 from a total of 12 men and 6 women that had been shortlisted for the 2015 honors based on nominations submitted by members of US Sailing.

 

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Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) has been named the 2015 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year in recognition of her impressive list of top results in 470 Class competition throughout 2015.

 

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Steve Benjamin (Norwalk, Conn.) has been named the 2015 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in recognition of a year that featured 10 wins, including the Etchells North American Championship in Rye, NY. Benjamin skippered his team to victory in the 35-boat fleet, aboard Terrapin. Benjamin, along with crew George Peet, Luke Lawrence and Julian Sudofsky, won the championship by 15 points through eight races.