2016 DECEMBER

CLAUDIA ROSSI (ITA)

Nomination
Got a decent pedigree has our Claudia. Her dad is ‘enfant terrible’ ORC world champion Alberto Rossi and Claudia also did a nice job preserving family honour with a strong fifth-place finish at the breezy J/70 Worlds in San Francisco. Nine top-five finishes in a 70-boat fleet rammed with what felt like every good pro-sailor on the planet suggests we will be hearing a lot more about Italy’s latest speedy driver. A nice career on the Mediterranean maxi circuit awaits
Why they won
Man, this one took down a few acres of electronic trees. ‘Claudia is our hero... of course’ – Paolo Furchi; ‘Forza Claudia’ – Cristina Tirabassi (and molti others); ‘And she is also the 2016 Champion of Europe!’ – Stephane Bolantin; ‘Claudia is getting faster each summer’ – Giuseppe Molinari; ‘She was also very fast in the 470’ – Gisella Raimondi; ‘Claudia is already beating most of our Italian men!’ – Giacomo Giocanetti; ‘So nearly a perfect regatta!’ – Marta Marinucci; ‘Soon the 2017 world champion!’ – Luca Vicedomini.