November 2002

Lain Percy & Steve Mitchell (GBR)

No apologies for the all-GBR line-up this month... Last year Finn, champion Freddy Loof switched to Stars and I took the worlds (and Europeans) at his first attempt. In 2002 it was Finn gold medallist Percy's turn, sailing with Stevie Mitchell, now confirmed as one of the world's great keelboat crews. Percy and Loof are set for a great battle for the Starboat gold in Athens, though one or two others will no doubt wish to have a say in the matter!
 Why they won
Rival candidate Ben Ainslie has dominated the Finn fleet since switching from Lasers, but 78% of you felt that Percy and Mitchell's maiden Star World title in Los Angeles was the (even) more impressive achievement.