Neal Mcdonald (GBR)
|Always around but never previously in the front line, the popular and talented English sailor, a past International 14 world champion, rapidly grew into the skipper's role on Assa Abloy. From Leg 3 onwards Assa began to show the potential so many had tipped before the race. And on Leg 8 to Gothenburg McDonald's crew pulled off the win of the event to keep the contest open to the end
| Why they won
|Sometimes second can be better, or so many clearly felt. The Assa Abloy skipper - called up to the plate only after Leg 1 - pipped Volvo Race winner John Kostecki by 57 to 43 per cent to take this month's award.