No, it is not about the sailor that is going to be chosen by ISAF (world governing body for the sport of sailing) as sailor of the year it is about ISAF incompetence
If we compare ISAF with for instance FIA (Cars federation) we can see that in what regards autosport there are clearly defined levels of competitiveness, from amateur racing to several levels of professional racing that end on one side in the F1 championship and on other on the world Rally championship.
If a driver of the year was chosen among FIA drivers It would certainly be one chosen between the drivers of the top championships. It would be ridicolous that the driver was chosen among one of the initiation classes, like Karting or F3.
In what regards sailing it is a big mess, not only there are not a clear definition of the top classes as ISAF does not have managed to promote real international championships that define those classes.
But if we talk about top classes he will be talking about volvo Ocean race, America's cup and Vendee Globe. The sailors that compete there in many cases were world champions in dinghy classes in their youth before continuing a sailing carer that led them to the top racing classes.
Well, ISAF is so confused and I would say incompetent that not only does not promote sailing as a world competitive global sport as most of the times chose for sailor of the year sailors from the dinghy classes.
It was as if FIA nominated driver of the year a kid from the Karting world championship. That makes no sense but this year ISAF has made even less sense: Among the nominees the name of Franck Camas (that was proposed) was not maintained.
As you all know Frank Camas won the Volvo Ocean race on its first try. Well we could understand that other sailor won the price, but not being nominated?
That's a sympthom as things go wrong in ISAF. The nominees?:
Nathan Outerridge et Iain Jensen (Gold in 49er), Matthew Belcher et Malcolm Page (Gold in 470), Tom Sligsby (Gold in Laser), Loïck Peyron (Jules Verne record) and Ben Ainslie (gold for the 4th consecutive time in laser and finn classes). Ben Ainsle has already been three times ISAF sailor of the year.
Well, going on with that FIA comparison it was like a Kart champion had won for 3 times the title of driver of the year while driving carts. Crazy isn't it? Well somebody should tell Ben Aislie that he has already age to leave the dinghy's and start sailing with the big boys on the fastest and top racing classes, in sailing boats not dinghy's.
Regarding ISAF, it is even worse, somebody should fire them for incompetence