2004 APRIL

Francis Joyon (FRA)

However... up against the talented skiff specialist is the French sailor who is currently rewriting the long-distance record books. Tempting fate with this nomination – we don't think so. Joyon's seamanship so far has been magnificent, proving once again that he remains the shorthander's shorthander. And as he proved in the 2000 singlehanded transatlantic race, he knows how to make a boat sail fast as well as safely. And a 90ft tri, singlehanded ...
Why they won
Great job, Rob Greenhalgh (62% of the votes), and you will get your prizes. But in this one instance only we felt there could only be one possible Sailor of the Month: 'The beginning of 2004 and we have the sailor of the year, of the decade and of the century, Joyon for King' - Trevor Bayliss. 'Phenomenal' - many! 'Rodney said it all' - Peter Heppe!.

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