2011 JANUARY

Adrian Stead (GBR)

Nomination
Gently, gently, after a successful small boat career, Ado Stead has built a valuable profile as one of the world's most in-demand grand prix tacticians. His result with and endorsement by the Quantum team in winning the 2010 TP52 world title was just the latest in a long Jist of top results taking in everything from Melges 24s, through Farr 40s, to Neville Crichton's maxi A/fa Romeo. That accountancy career is on hold
Why they won
‘Nice guy, annoying to race against!’ – Luke Molloy; ‘One of the coolest guys in sailing’ – Phil Harmer; ‘Good job!’ – Ed Reynolds; ‘Years of getting beat by Ado so it seemed smarter to get him on our boat’ – Terry Hutchinson; ‘A solid player and for a long time’ – Kyle Weaver; ‘What happened to the modelling?’ – Mariana Asprey; ‘A great sailor, and an accountant!’ – Rob Pezman; ‘This man gave up selling cheese to go sailing… the cheese world’s loss’