November 2022


A kind of consolation prize this time… Peter Duncan did not win this year’s Etchells Worlds in Cowes, in fact he finished a (for him) lowly 4th sailing with now Cowes-local Andrew ‘Dog’ Palfrey and Mark Mendelblatt. However, a look at Duncan’s CV shows just how long overdue his nomination is: twice winner of the J/70 world title and currently the holder of both that and the Melges 24 title. But what seals it is Duncan’s 1st J/70 title, discarding a 3rd place in a 160-strong fleet.
 Why they won
Andrew Palfrey: Great to see Peter recognised in this way, although he’d be embarrassed about the nomination. Getting to know Peter quite well now, I’ve learnt that his true passion is simply racing in competitive classes against the best there is. He has zero interest in self promotion. His key strength is his ability to drive a boat with incredible accuracy. Peter surrounds himself with good people, trusts them completely then ensures he fulfils his part of the puzzle.