2013 SEPTEMBER

Matt Belcher (AUS)

Nomination
It is almost impossible to grasp this in a class that is as competitive as the Men’s 470, but London 2012 gold medal helmsman Matt Belcher has now won his last 16 major regattas on the trot. Even a switch of crews from Malcolm Page to current partner Will Ryan made not the smallest dent in Belcher’s dominance, confirming his own prediction that he had a ‘bit of pace left in the tank’ after London 2012
Why they won
‘Two of the most remarkable sailors on the planet [with Francis Joyon] and I have to choose one...’ – Martin Gravare voted for Belcher; ‘His professionalism is only matched by his integrity and his humility’ – Kaye Smith; ‘Commitment!’ – Michelle Creevy; ‘A fellow Moth sailor, a top bloke and a funken awesome sailor’ – James Mackenzie; ‘A good man and now a total legend in terms of world 470 sailing’ – Deni Pilipenko; ‘Go Matt!’ – Jane Belcher; ‘Matthew is a great sailor and a good man’ – Victor Kovalenko.