2024

 January
Winner:SALLY HONEY (USA)

A brilliant dinghy sailor with 505 titles as both helm and crew, great offshore racer, crewed, two-handed, the lot. Along with husband Stan (that one) Sally also has 40,000-odd cruising miles under the belt. But more important are her tireless efforts to promote safety at sea. The author of authorative works on the subject, Honey has sat on numerous safety committees. She is the current Chairperson of the World Sailing Special Regulations Committee

 February
Winner:ALAN WARREN (GBR)

Legend. One of the greatest natural talents the sport has ever seen, in October Warren (aged 88) and grandson William Carroll won the 2023 Shoreham SC Merlin Rocket trophy. This development class will forever be his ‘home turf’ with too many titles to count. Further afield he is equally admired for the Olympic silver medal he won in 1972 with David Hunt in the Tempest... as for setting fire to the same boat after she had gone soggy beyond repair at the 1976 Games in Canada

 March
Winner:MARCO TROMBETTI (ITA)

It’s just a great story, isn’t it? ‘Successful Italian whose business revolves around communication seeks international platform offering excitement, profile, opportunity to share the fun...and not harm the wildlife along the way.’ As he co-skippers one Swan 65 around the world in the Ocean Globe Race a second 65 is ploughing the waters of San Francisco Bay sharing the love with clients, suppliers, employees, their families and friends. Cracking sport this, isn’t it?

 April
Winner:FEDE WAKSMAN (URU)

This guy is really, really good and deserves recognition far beyond the coast of his native Uruguay. Compared to his friend and runner-up Carlos Manera, Waksman was racing a much older Raison design and constantly battling with a lack of preparation time brought about by his endless struggle for funding. That did not end with his Mini Transat victory, and Waksman was soon heading to the airport to fly home and start to earn some money again to pay his debts