After six years sailing together Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have achieved two consecutive Olympic medals, a World Championship title and they can now add Rolex World Sailor of the Year to their list of achievements.
With only 18 months together they sailed themselves onto the podium at the London 2012 Olympic Games collecting a silver medal. Four years on, many miles sailed and much more experienced Hannah and Saskia, known as the ‘470 Girls’, went one better and sailed to the ultimate victory becoming Olympic gold medallists.
Even after being robbed at knifepoint in Rio before the Olympic Games the girls were not deterred, and their Gold medal contributed to the GBR Sailing Team becoming the top performing sailing nation at the Rio Games with a total of two Gold and one silver medal.
It was this success and their popularity within British sailing that won them the votes to both be crowned this year’s female Rolex World Sailor of the Year.
This award comes at a fitting time to recognise all that they have achieved and marks the end of a very successful relationship. Hannah looks towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games but this time changing boats and sailing in the 49er FX class while Saskia is going to retire from competitive sailing.
The men’s Rolex World Sailor of the Year award was won by Argentina’s Santiago Lange, 55 who unforgettably won the Nacra 17 gold medal in Rio.