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SEPTEMBER'S NOMINEES
Sailor of the Month IAN LIPINSKI (FRA)
Where to begin? Two wins in the Mini Transat, having won every race in the class over a period of 18 months, wins the TJV in the Class40 at a canter, sets a round Britain record, also at a canter, then heads to Cherbourg where he cleans up in the Dhream Cup. In the Minis, which to the outsider can look a bit chaotic, Lipinski raised the bar with his fastidious level of preparation. It is only a matter of time before he is on a good Imoca. At which point watch out, world

Sailor of the Month BILL HARDESTY (USA)
Seems the local San Diego sailor who won this year’s San Diego to Vallarta classic on a Hobie 33 has form. Now he’s ‘full-time’ racing his 33-footer two-handed with his son, Liam, who is six, but before all that it seems he’d racked up world titles in the J/70, Etchells, Melges 20 and Farr 40 along with three Match Racing titles as tactician alongside our own Ian Williams. Roughly a dozen in all. But nothing comes close to that race to Mexico. Apparently they even had fun?

 

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AUGUST'S WINNER
Sailor of the Month Winner J. MANUEL BALLASTERO (ARG)
On the left in the picture: ‘This adventure is just a glimpse of Juan Manuel’s life’ – Alfaro Guerrez; ‘An extraordinary son who crosses the Atlantic alone to be with his 90-year-old father (far right) on Father’s Day, every mother would vote for him!’ – Paula Marya; ‘A wonderful attitude, facing the pandemic madness just as a real sailor should’ – Juan Pablo Fregonese; ‘I’m so proud of my dear friend’ – Matias Talamonti; ‘Chapeau, Captain’ – Matias Bonora.
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