‘It was like playing full-back against your boyhood hero and even aged 69 he still kicked 10 goals past us… Respect’ – Jim Badenach; ‘It’s simple, John Bertrand is a legend’ – Marek Zwierz; ‘Amazing performance by a fantastic sailor… he first thrashed me 45 years ago so us old boys need to stick together’ – Peter Morton; ‘Classy and cool’ – Carol Cronin; ‘JB’s been my sailor of the month every month since September 1983’ – John Lammerts; ‘Top guy, friendly and helpful… and with both ends of the fleet!’ – Rob Goddard.
The winner of 7 of the 10 races in the Men’s Boards at London 2012 and the gold medal (sic) and another 7 out of 10 at Rio 2016 and another gold. In Rio he finished with less than half the points of runner-up Nick Dempsey. Van Rijsselberghe won his first national title aged 13 and you wouldn’t want to fight him for the Dutch slot for Tokyo. The worst thing is he’s also unbearably popular in the tight-knit RS:X fleet
Sailor of the month CLAUDIA ROSSI (ITA)
Got a decent pedigree has our Claudia. Her dad is ‘enfant terrible’ ORC world champion Alberto Rossi and Claudia also did a nice job preserving family honour with a strong fifth-place finish at the breezy J/70 Worlds in San Francisco. Nine top-five finishes in a 70-boat fleet rammed with what felt like every good pro-sailor on the planet suggests we will be hearing a lot more about Italy’s latest speedy driver. A nice career on the Mediterranean maxi circuit awaits

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