The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards is the most prestigious award of recognition in the dynamic sport of sailing. 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.
After two beautiful gold medals both Magic Marine teams are now nominated for the title of World Sailor of the Year! For the first time public voting is allowed, want to support our teams? Click here and vote!
Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli - Argentina
Rio 2016 Nacra 17 Olympic gold medallist sailing with Cecilia Carranza Saroli
Santiago Lange provided Rio 2016 with the fairy tale storyline of the Olympic Games as he won gold with Cecilia Carranza Saroli in the Nacra 17.
At 54-years-old, Lange was the oldest sailor competing but his story goes beyond his age. Just one year prior to Rio 2016 Lange was diagnosed with cancer and had to have a lung removed. Taking the fight head on, Lange worked to regain a basic level of fitness before tackling the rigours of sailing the physical Mixed Multihull.
A two-time Olympian in the Laser Radial, Cecilia Carranza Saroli made the switch to sailing with a partner for the first in her career in 2013, taking to the Nacra 17, before teaming up with Santiago Lange in 2014.
Making the start line in itself was an achievement for the resilient Argentinean but with two Olympic bronze medals behind him, his sons competing in the 49er and the support of a nation urging their sailors forward, Lange and Carranza Saroli showed what was possible when you work together.
Leading into the Medal Race, the Argentineans survived two penalties and came home in sixth place. Enough to see them clinch gold by a single point and write their names into the history books.
Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze - Brazil
Rio 2016 49erFX Olympic gold medallists
The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition signed off with the 49erFX Medal Race and the golden girls of Brazilian sailing, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze, delivered in one of the most thrilling Olympic races of all-time.
In a script that Hollywood's best would struggle to even come close to, it was a four-way shootout for gold in the Medal Race with the pressure of an expectant partisan crowd watching on Flamengo Beach and the eyes of a nation glued to the TV throughout Brazil.
When it looked like Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) were going to take the honours, Grael and Kunze found an extra edge and on the run to the finish it was neck and neck. As those watching held their breath in anticipation, Grael and Kunze concentrated on keeping the Kiwis at bay and beat them by just two seconds at the finish.
A partisan crowd greeted the Brazilians at the beach to capture one of the most iconic images of Rio 2016, highlighting Brazil's passion for sailing and their new starlets.