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Excellence Awards

Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards

Excellence Awards

The Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards recognise excellence in sailing, from Optimists through to offshore boats. This country has produced, and continues to produce, some outstanding sailors who have achieved some amazing feats on the world stage. Previous winners of the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy for the Sailor of the Year include Sir Peter Blake, Barbara Kendall, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, Sir Russell Coutts, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, Bruce Farr, and Emirates Team New Zealand. But the annual Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards, which features a gala dinner, are also an opportunity to recognise achievements at local and club level and there are many who do so much to make these places special. 

The following award categories are recognised;

  • Sailor of the Year Award for the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy
  • Young Sailor of the Year Award
  • Coach of the Year
  • Official of the Year
  • Emerging Talent Award
  • President's Award
  • Young Leadership Award (New)
  • Sportsmanship Award (New)
  • Sustainability Award (New)
  • Yachting New Zealand Service Awards
  • Yachting New Zealand Performance Awards
  • Yachting New Zealand Youth Performance Awards
  • Yachting New Zealand Cruising Awards

 The criteria for each award is detailed Here

A list of winners from previous years can be found on the Roll of Honour.


2019 Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards

This year's awards will be hosted at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, on the 8th of November, where we will celebrate the achievements of the past year - and there have been plenty at both national and international level - as well as the volunteers and support staff who make success possible at all levels of the sport.


Nominations are now open and will close on August 31, 2019.

Click here to submit your nomination.


Please contact Monique de Sousa for any enquiries regarding the event or possible sponsorship opportunities.