2006 FEBRUARY

James Spithill (AUS)

Nomination
After being 2:1 down to Russell Coutts the Luna Rossa helm came back confidently to win the final of the 2005 Bermuda Gold Cup 3:2, continuing a run of form that had seen the young Australian also take his first ISAF world match racing title just a few weeks earlier in Spain. Now it’s off to Malaysia for the final Swedish Match Tour event of 2005 before an intense winter of training with his adoptive Italian ACC team
Why they won
‘She [Carolijn Brouwer] is the best’; ‘Much better looking’; ‘Top sailorgirl!’; ‘Flash job’ – Mitch Booth; ‘Carolijn kicks ass!’ – Gale Browning; ‘He [Spithill] has the sponsors, she has the spirit (and the looks)’ – Jim de Smedt. Yet in spite of all this enthusiasm the Brouwer lobby was still out-voted by the combined might of Australian/Italian sailing! So James gets his second award… even with those odd-sized feet. Well done!!! prizes