In 1962 was the very first year that the 'Australian Yachtsman of the Year’ award was presented.
A complete restructuring of the awards took place in 1966 with new awards coming into play with new categories such as Male sailor of the year and Female sailor of the year coming into play, awarded for not just achievements in sailing but also sportsmanship playing a role.
A media award for journalists who were helping to enhance the sports appeal; this award covered television, radio, and print got introduced shortly after.
A youth awards came into play in 1986 to highlight the achievement of sailors under the age of 19. Then came the renaming of the awards in 2007. OMAPS Insurance took the name after the bodies recognised their sponsorship on helping the youth development system in Australia.
Further progress was to come in 2000 with a Disability Award. It highlights the adversity in which disabled sailors have overcome and the spirit of the sport.
The Sports Promotion Award was introduced in 2008, replacing the Media Award. The ethos behind this award was to highlight an individual or organisation active in the promotion of the sport, there are now many categories for people to compete for and be recognised, such as a contribution to sailing or boating achievement, coaching, administration, and officiating, with some of these categories applicable to professional, youth and volunteers. There are boating businesses all around Australia who are active in the awards system try Whitsunday sailing trip.
Furthermore, in 2008, a lifetime achievement award was introduced, for people who have served a minimum of 20 years in sailing or boating.
To bring us up-to-date finally, in 2012 we had a bravery award entered focusing on sacrifices or an act of bravery at sea under any sanctioned sailing event in the country.