US Sailing and a panel of sailing journalists determined a list of 64 American sailing living legends and built a tournament-style bracket, similar to the NCAA’s March Madness format. Four divisions (Red, White, Blue, and Gold) were created and sailors were ranked and seeded 1 through 16 in each. Divisions include a mix of sailors of different backgrounds and disciplines. Each sailor will go head-to-head against another sailor until only one is left standing. These legends and current greats include the likes of Buddy Melges, Dennis Conner, Betsy Alison, Paul Foerster, Mark Reynolds, Lowell North, Anna Tunnicliffe, and more.
The sailor who receives the most votes per match-up advances to the next round. Each round of voting will run a week, Monday through Sunday. Results will be finalized every Monday at noon ET. Voting begins on Monday, June 4, and will continue every week until the champion is crowned on Monday, July 16.