On November 8, 2011, Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez, members of the  Telefónica Sailing Team, were chosen as the ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year 2011. The choice was done by ISAF in cooperation with the Rolex watchmaking company.

None of both sailors could attend the awards ceremony held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, last november because of being on board the “Telefonica”  in the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.

This weekend both sailors completed the regatta around the world in Galway (Ireland) and traveled back to Madrid to finally receive their award and continue preparations for the Olympic Games where they will compete in the 49er class.

The award ceremony will take place today, Monday July 9 at 12:00 am at the headquarters of the Rolex company in Spain where the winners will receive their Rolex commemoratives and ISAF Rolex World Sailor Trophy.