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April 2010

Iker Martinez & Xabi Fernandez (ESP)

 Nomination
Best of the best… they have to be up there? By finishing nearly 30pt ahead of defending champion Nathan Outteridge, Martinez and Fernandez took their third 49er world title to add to their Olympic gold medal in Athens and silver medal from Qingdao. In between, of course, the pair have both established formidable reputations as ocean-racing sailors, including taking part in the latest Volvo Ocean Race
 Why they won
Olympic sailing is now such an ‘industry’ that to stand out you need to broaden your reputation. No one has done that better than Spain’s three-time 49er world champions and Volvo veterans. ‘The old-timers do it again’ – Marcus Spillane; ‘So many years at the top!’ – Oscar Haizekin; ‘Probably the best all-rounders in the world (after Torben!)’ – Giovanni Giotese; ‘Their best series ever?’ – (49er measurer) Barry Johnson. And now for the Barcelona Race!