2014 DECEMBER

MARK MILLS (IRL)

Nomination
Often the bridesmaid... Finally in Porto Cervo in September Andre Soriano’s Mills-designed IRC 72-footer Alegre captured its first Mini Maxi world title. Mark Mills designs have actually had a terrific time of it during 2014, winning numerous big races around the world. But a Maxi world championship does not come easily, particularly when as a designer you find yourself competing against larger and very often more heavily-resourced professional rivals
Why they won
‘From Mandrake all those years ago, he just keeps on producing fantastic boats’ – Peter Morton; ‘Beautiful design and terrific engineering’ – Keith Church; ‘Mark is the designer I have chosen for my new boat!’ – Roberto Lacorte; ‘Millsy is a super nice guy and with a brilliant brain’ – Brendan Foley; ‘The Mills 39 is one great sports car of a boat!’ – Andrew McIrvine; ‘Surely he’s now a lead contender for any campaign chasing a fast boat?’ – Dane Ralston; ‘Mark’s creativity has sparked some great designs’ – Tim Perrotti.

 
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