2007 OCTOBER

Tom Slingsby (AUS)

Nomination
After losing the 2006 world title on the last day in Korea, Tom Slingsby topped a 149-strong Laser fleet in Cascais, with four ­bullets to slay his demons and ensure that he goes into the Olympic year as the reigning Laser world champion. Success in Cascais means he has won three out of six big events in 2007, finishing second in Miami and Hyères and a ‘lowly’ fifth in Palma. Now what will Robert Scheidt race in China…
Why they won
One of Australia’s leading gold medal hopes for Beijing got off to an early start in the Seahorse voting, which for once the Mothies failed to overturn, Slingsby outscoring Andrew ‘Bladerider’ McDougall by 69% to 31%. Slingsby can now head to the Qingdao test event safe in the knowledge that one big prize, at least, is in the bag!