Simon Payne (GBR)

Train, train and train some more. Simon Payne was determined that 2006 would be his year in the ‘Flying’ Moth Class, and so it proved at the recent worlds in Denmark when he finally unseated class supremo (and previous Seahorse Sailor of the Month) Rohan Veal after a spectacular battle on the final day of racing. Trailing Veal with two races left to go, Payne took back-to-back bullets to secure his first world title
Why they won
Heartening to see the early voting for Xu Lijia but support for the new Moth Champion eventually saw him fly past… (sorry – Ed). Well done, Simon, ‘interesting thought’ to Greg Wells, who alleged a family resemblance with last month’s winner Ian Walker… and thank you to the ‘former Mrs Payne’ for some nice comments in support of this month’s winner.

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