MARCH'S NOMINEES
Sailor of the Month JOSH JUNIOR (NZL)
What is it about the number 37? In 1992 in Argentina Ben Ainslie recorded his best ever finish at the Optimist Worlds of 37th and in Perth in 2011 Josh Junior recorded his best result at the Laser Worlds… finishing 37th. It must be a Finn thing. So Junior may travel to Enoshima this summer for his second Olympic appearance – he finished 7th in Rio – as the reigning holder of both the Finn Gold Cup and the America’s Cup won with Emirates Team New Zealand. It’s a decent start

Sailor of the month MATT ALLEN (AUS)
The TP52 class has become the nucleus of inshore grand prix racing in terms of the level of the crews and the boats they race. With a little bit of help from the engineers and designers, and some smart moding, in Australia Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban team have been proving they can cut it offshore as well. The latest Ichi Ban, with a bit more grunt and sail area, and maybe a few extra layers of carbon, is the dominant Sydney-Hobart yacht of the current era

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FEBRUARY'S WINNER
IAIN PERCY (GBR)
‘Perce is back!’ – Ben Nicholls; ‘Respect, Zen Master’ – Krawczyk Ryszard; ‘An outstanding sailor and sportsman’ – Alvaro Marinho; ‘An absolute gent and a total legend’ – Andy Hazell; ‘Mate!!!’ – Steve Mitchell; ‘Iain has the best technical knowledge out there and is a top human being’ – Romain Ingouf; ‘Fitting result’ – Tom Burnham; ‘Fantastic sailor and since London has also proved a great leader’ – Tom Lofstedt; ‘Class performance in the best fleet in the world’ – Blue Robinson; ‘Truly a classy act, all smiles, a lot of grit and he gives a great victory speech’ – Carol Cronin; ‘But he did nick my bacon sandwich’ – Bryn Vaile.
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