2004 AUGUST

Brian Thompson (GBR)

Nomination
Brian Thompson's record in offshore multihulls (and more recently Open Class monos) is almost without equal. Only fate meant he missed out on Cheyenne's victorious transatlantic run last year, to add to Thompson's otherwise fullhouse of round-the-world, best 24-hour run and numerous shorter course records. Thompson is one of the quiet stars of ocean racing, increasingly recognised as a giant of the big multihulls, but never one caught crowing about his achievements
Why they won
'Excellent without attitude, he deserves this prize 100 per cent' - Fraser Brown. 'A great guy doing the right stuff the right way' - Leo Voorneveld. 'A privilege to sail with, incredibly competent and totally unassuming, he has inspired me on to greater challenges' - Fernando Padro. 'Living proof actions speak louder than words' - Jeremy Walker.