‘For the Olympics give me Ainslie, for the Vendée, Desjoyeaux; but heading offshore in a big tri, get on the phone and beg for Brian,’ – Matt Cowpe; ‘Total star’– Sam Goodchild; ‘A kind, gentle legend,’ – Clemency Ives; ‘A superlative sailor,’ – Owen McKenzie; ‘Unassuming modesty allied with epic achievement, that great British understatement!’ – Andrew McIrvine; ‘most unassuming and fastest pro sailor ever,’ – Polly Dawson; ‘Legend’ – Robo; ‘And he has done so much for injured serviceman charities,’ – Ian Finlay
Sailor of the Month RANDY DRAFTZ (USA)
One of the unsung heroes of the US scene... As many other big regattas struggle, both in the US and elsewhere, Draftz has worked away tackling the issue from the ground up, rather than the other way around. All of this effort has been focussed on developing Sperry Charleston Race Week, which has very quietly now grown into perhaps the biggest and most successful event of its kind
Sailor of the month SHANE KEARNS (AUS)
Kearns’s S&S 34 Azzurro had already been sailed around the world when he bought her as a rotting wreck for AUS$23,000 (on a credit card) a few years back. Now fully restored, for several hours Azzurro looked the likely overall winner of the 2015 Sydney Hobart before parking up a few miles from the finish. Still, Kearns did win ORCi overall as well as the Corinthian Division. Plus of course 3rd overall under IRC... so not too bad

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