2017 OCTOBER

STEPHEN BAKER (USA)

Nomination
There is some ferocious young talent emerging right now: Baker has been on a roll for a while but when he won the 2017 US Optimist Nationals in August people really started to sit up and take notice – including now head of US Olympic sailing, Australian double gold medallist Malcolm Page. Seven races, seven wins, discarding a 1st place in a 103-boat fleet. Impressive? In fact, the whole US Oppi squad is humming right now
Why they won
Big vote for Stephen and Mathias Coutts and in the end it came down to just two votes; next time. ‘Stephen is humble, focused and a great role model for other kids’ – Tom Homberger; ‘A little guy but a great guy… and a great sailor!’ – Fernanda San Roman; ‘Calm and confidence, awesome’ – Christina Nigro; ‘Great attitude too’ – Claudia Visnevski; ‘Stephen has crushed this year in the Opti and he’ll only improve!’ – Rob Simmons; ’Stephen is an amazingly talented sailor and he’s still improving so fast…’ – Laura Tanton.

 
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