2014 JULY

LEIGH MCMILLAN (GBR)

Nomination
With several America’s Cup teams now taking part, the level of competition in the Extreme Sailing Series has never been higher. And yet after the first two regattas of 2014 defending champion McMillan at the helm of The Wave Muscat had picked up where he left off... Just. With nearly 60 races sailed over 8 days, The Wave was sitting just 1pt in front of Alinghi and 3pt ahead of Emirates TNZ
Why they won
In spite of the influx of America’s Cup teams last year’s Extreme Sailing Series champion has continued to fight it out at the front this year in relentless and unruffled style. ‘One of the fastest – and nicest – guys on the grand prix circuits’ – Jed Smith; ‘This year has shown that Leigh can take on and defeat the very biggest names in sailing’ – Jenny Hargrove; ‘He has taken all that Tornado experience and mastered the VX40s better than any other skipper’ – Hamish Calder; ‘All hail the catmeister’ – Bob Smith.