|LAST MONTH'S WINNER
||HUGH WELBOURN (GBR)
‘A National 12 champion in short trousers, two-handed round the
world and foiling for the masses in his old age!’ – Peter Morton;
‘DSS is the best thing in years’ – Paul Murphy; ‘We need original
thinkers’ – Jim Dominy; ‘The Quant 23 is awesome, I want one’
– Norm Casler; ‘Who says monohulls can’t reach?’ – Tim Banks; ‘A
free thinker in an industry locked into incremental development’
– Pete Elkington; ‘Finally… I got into Hugh’s DSS adventure early,
but it still takes time to change the world!’ – Michael Aeppli.
||AUGIE DIAZ (USA)
OK, here’s the thing.
As this issue goes to
press with three races
still to go… Florida’s
most famous sailor,
Cuban-born Augie Diaz, sailing with
his Italian crew Bruno Prada, had not
actually won the 2016 Star Worlds
but they had led from day 1. Whether
or not Diaz closes the deal in a
super-hot fleet does not affect our
view that a man who has won so
much and done so much for sailing
deserves to be nominated either way
An under-rated talent.
Justin first came to
prominence in the
racing world when he
teamed up with qualified engineer
(and not a bad sailor) Russell Coutts to
create the RC44 – as good an example
of ‘boat fits purpose’ as you will come
across. But Justin’s latest design, the
L-30 (pg46) really is something else.
Commissioned for Rodion Luka’s
Ukraine initiative, the L-30 will find a
far wider market as soon as word is out
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