Simeon Tienpont, who was an integral member of the ORACLE TEAM USA sailing team, has won the Conny van Rietschoten award as the Dutch Sailor of the Year.
"I feel honoured to be chosen as Dutch sailor of the year," he tweeted from the ceremony."Thank you all."
Tienpont joined the team ahead of its 2010 America’s Cup win, where he was the only ‘first-timer’ on the team. He now has the rare distinction of winning the America’s Cup in two consecutive matches.
The 31 year old has also competed in the 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race and has studied yacht design and construction at university.