||MATTEO DE NORA (SUI/ITA)
This only happened once, for Francis Joyon, but our little-loved
veto has been played again because of escalating concern for the
institution of the America’s Cup. De Nora has backed Team New
Zealand for years but now there really could be all to play for. The
Cup might soon regain more of its precious allure or it may enter
another hiatus under what is looking more and more like a cartel.
That there even are two possibilities is largely due to the passion
of one man without whom this Cup might be a dull story indeed.
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Every Vendée Globe
has its unlikely hero
– no disrespect, matey.
Others have invested
heavily in trying to complete the race
without fossil fuels but Colman was
first to succeed – his mission gaining
extra unplanned coverage when he
lost his mast with over 700nm to go
but plugged on to become this year’s
darling of the fans who flocked to Les
Sables to greet him. Not quite Yves
Parlier, building a mast in the deep
south, but a nice confluence of events
Home from Rio with the
49erFX gold medal, have
shower, give the boat
a quick polish then off
again on the campaign trail for Tokyo,
starting with the Miami World Cup
where the latest Grael in a remarkable
bloodline took up where she left off,
dominating the series with her medal
winning crew Kahena Kunze to end the
regatta nearly 20pt clear of their nearest
rivals. Torben, Lars, Martine… for sure,
it’s time to give Brazilian cooking a try
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