December 2016, just a Sydney Hobart win and a few thousand dollars for topping the fleet at the Bermuda Mothfest. Diverse but a bit average… ‘I’d call that a good month’ – Brian Thompson; ‘Mighty’ – Adam May; ‘He wins in Foxers too’ – Alistair Skinner; ‘He just cannot stop winning… has any modern sailor won in so many very different classes…worth checking?’ – Timo Malinen; ‘No wonder he’s always very well employed!!!’ – Holger Lehning. It needs adding that Amac ran Rob very close in this month’s vote.
Sailor of the Month LAURA WEYLER (USA)
‘This is very exciting, but I do have an outstanding crew.’ Fair enough, but that doesn’t disguise the fact that the J/88 Hijinks is still Laura Weyler’s first boat and that she took Boat of the Day at least once during Key West Race Week and went on to win her class overall with a scorecard that even Jimmy Spithill would probably be quite proud of… 1,2,1,1,1,1,6,3,3. Sailing needs to attract many more Laura Weylers – so get onto it, people
Sailor of the month THOMAS COVILLE (FRA)
Who can forget the call back to routeur Jean-Luc Nélias, that Coville was hitting 45kt (solo) and really would like to slow Sodebo down. In a spectacular month for French offshore sailing it’s hard to pick a winner but what Coville achieved – and after 10 years of trying – will be talked about for years to come. He sailed singlehanded around the world in barely more than half the time taken by the fully crewed winner of the first Trophy Jules Verne…

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