SEPTEMBER'S WINNER
RICHARD MEACHAM (NZL)
Fair’s fair, but when was Seahorse ever fair? The man credited with manhandling ETNZ’s boats past every obstacle and getting his crew out rain or shine had his own moment of fame ‘on’ the bow with Team NZ in 2007. ‘No one worked harder’ – Burns Fallow; ‘Mr Reliable’– Pete Melvin; ‘Rock solid’ – Kevin Dibley; ‘An unwavering commitment to friends, employers and teammates alike’ – Tom Schnackenberg; ‘An outstanding professional’ – Kyle Langford, Oracle (classy); ‘Cheeky Dick finally got his smile back’ – Giovanni Belgrano.
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OCTOBER'S NOMINEES
Sailor of the Month MATHIAS COUTTS (NZL)
Mathias is the new Under-13 Bic O’pen World Champion – a title we expect only to grow in significance as the sailing world wakes up to the importance of getting young talent into modern boats at the earliest opportunity. Enough preaching… 11-year-old Mathias took six wins in 12 races with a worst placing of 8th in a 55-strong fleet at Lake Garda, racing against entries from 12 countries. Word is that Mathias’s ‘coach’ came for free…
Sailor of the month STEPHEN BAKER (USA)
There is some ferocious young talent emerging right now: Baker has been on a roll for a while but when he won the 2017 US Optimist Nationals in August people really started to sit up and take notice – including now head of US Olympic sailing, Australian double gold medallist Malcolm Page. Seven races, seven wins, discarding a 1st place in a 103-boat fleet. Impressive? In fact, the whole US Oppi squad is humming right now



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