||THOMAS COVILLE (FRA)
‘Sorry, Laura [Weyler], but I can’t vote for you… Frankly it should
be forbidden to vote against Thomas this time’ – Pelle Pedersen;
‘Running an educational programme from the ocean when sailing
at 40kt… Hurrah, Thomas!’ – Miguel Cravinho; ‘He just never gave
up, outstanding’ – Patrik Buschor; ‘And he’s still a really nice guy!’
– Stjepan Marinovic; ‘Sailing solo around the world on an Ultim
in less than 50 days is beyond words’ – Martin Leveneur; ‘Amazing
what can be done on a diet of frozen pizza…’ – Robin Berwick.
We’ve already been
instructed by French
friends to make this
the World Sailor of the
Year Award, or indeed the Seahorse
Greatest Sailor Of All Time Award.
For now, this is the best we can do;
but we’ll work on it. Almost certainly
the finest seaman of his generation,
Joyon is able to push his boats very
hard without breaking them – an
uncommon skill. And he somehow
still does it all for relative peanuts
compared with his big-ticket rivals
For many years now
Callahan has led the USA
National Disabled Sailing
Program and in 2016
the organisation had its best year ever,
wracking up impressive statistics in
both attendance and access. With three
different venues, last year the initiative
put through 1,410 disabled adults and
1,303 disabled children… and has now
secured the use of no fewer than 406
different boats. Callahan’s team must
have some kind of sales pitch as well…
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