2004 OCTOBER

Peter De Ridder (NED)

Nomination
Having retired from competitive sailing after playing a central part in the success of the Netherland's 1999 Admiral's Cup Team, De Ridder has come back at some pace in the past two years. Having now racked up numerous major victories in the Farr 40 and Mumm 30 classes, his latest win, at the 2004 Mumm 30 Europeans, further confirmed the fact that the owner-driver classes have seen many formerly successful raceboat owners discover that they can also be pretty handy on the handlebars!
Why they won
86:14% vs Russell Coutts shows the support for 2004's flag-carrier of owner-drivers. 'An inspiration for all of us not employed by Alinghi!' - Richard Kohn; Thank goodness for people like Peter giving us owner-drivers a good name' - Deneen Demourkas; '10 years sailing together and he is really one of the very best' - Sander van der Borch.