2003 FEBRUARY

Emma Richards (GBR)

Nomination
What a flippin' star! Having avowed to steer clear of solo ocean races, Emma soon realised that, thanks to the success of a certain other lady racer, she had little choice. So why not kick off with a little round the world number? In all seriousness, Emma Richards' third place to Cape Town in the Around Alone, having overcome potentially disastrous equipment problems, was a magnificent result. A donf encore
Why they won
'He's the best sailor!', the comment that accompanied Emma's own vote in favour of Mike Birch (enough said really). 'I wanted to vote for my fellow Canuk, but Emma is just too much'. 'Down to earth and brilliant, giant poster status!' One of the biggest votes we've had yet and Emma took 72 per cent of them.