The short lists have been announced by US Sailing for the 2013 Rolex Yachtsman and Yacthswoman of the Year and an Amherst couple has made the lists.
David and Jody Starck were shortlisted for the honor.
Jody has five first-place finishes this year, including winning the Lightning Atlantic Coast Championships in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
David has four first-place finishes, highlighted by the Lighting World Championships in Castiglione del Lago, Italy.
The winners will be announced in mid-January and honored on Feb. 25 at a ceremony at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.