JULY'S WINNER
GUILLAUME VERDIER (FRA)
If there’s one thing Verdier works harder at than drawing the best ocean racers of the current era it is dodging public recognition. Well, mon ami, we got you this time – as did the readers who voted for you. For those who quietly marvelled at the superiority of Team New Zealand’s foil solutions and the way that one team had committed so confidently to the wind conditions expected for the final Match look no further than the Kiwi’s secret weapon. How many Cup fans even knew the Frenchman wore an All Blacks shirt?
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AUGUST'S NOMINEES
Sailor of the Month SEAN REGAN (NZL)
Capsize your boat (brutally) one day and win the next (OK, the day after but the boat was ready). The head of Emirates Team New Zealand shore operations, Regan led his team in a typically calm and quiet but still monumental rebuild of the team’s single ACC raceboat following their pitchpole racing Ben Ainslie in the qualifying rounds. In fact, the broken carbon was not the biggest problem; try soaking the most complex (and effective) control systems in the fleet
Sailor of the month ANDREA MURA (ITA)
The Italian sailmaker worked his bits off to build a new Verdier/VPLP Imoca 60 for the Vendée Globe; in fact, his Persico boat may well have been the best-built in the fleet. However, Mura ran out of money, failed to find a sponsor and had to watch as his potential race-winner was dragged around at the back of the fleet by a skipper who admitted he didn’t want to be there. But Mura did just win a storm-tossed Transat in his trusty old 50-footer Vento di Sardegna…



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