‘Santi takes the cake, just a very classy guy’ – Tom Schnackenberg; ‘The reference for the next generation’ – Nathalie Kmentt; ‘Story of the Games’ – Jo Grindley; ‘El numero uno’ – Ricardo Lopez; ‘An inspiration to all cancer sufferers’ – Juan Ferrer; ‘A great man with a low profile’ – Karen Bosch; ‘One lung, one gold medal’ – Adrian Obarrio; ‘An excellent human being’ – Susana Arrieta; ‘Admirable y adorable, Santiago’ – Indio Seleme; ‘Love him’ – Gabriele Bremer; ‘Magnificent’ – Juan Garay; ‘Heart, soul, passion’ – Blue Robinson.
Sailor of the Month VASILIJ ZBOGAR (SLO)
Other than for force majeure, the Finn battle at Rio 2016 was always going to be for silver behind the imperious Giles Scott. Vasilij Zbogar won that battle with a ferocious performance at a regatta that saw many of his more fancied challengers run out of talent in the tricky conditions. To do this at age 41, as free pumping redefines Finn physiology, with already huge physical demands magnified several times over, was rather extraordinary
Sailor of the month JOHN BERTRAND (AUS)
Given the stellar line-up of world champions, America’s Cup sailors and tacticians and Olympic medallists, you could have been forgiven for not expecting the Finn bronze medallist of 1976 to still be box office 40 years later at the 2016 Etchells Worlds. In fact, JB cleaned up, adding another title to a formidable CV that includes that epoch-setting win in the 1983 America’s Cup, making him the toast of the New York Yacht Club…

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