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April 2018

GEORGE DAVID (USA)

 Nomination
Back in Antigua after taking the line honours and handicap monohull double in the Caribbean 600 must have felt a long way from floating around, probably terrified, in the Irish Sea after his previous maxi capsized in the 2011 Fastnet. Many others would have been put off by that experience – Larry Ellison gave up ocean racing after the stormy 1998 Hobart – but David was back at sea within months and soon hard at it again
 Why they won
‘What an amazing competitor in our sport. From the Admiral’s Cup on Idler decades ago to breaking records on Rambler last month. An example to us all’ – Peter Morton; ‘The harder it blows the happier he is’ – Joca Signorini; ‘I could not think of a better person to win this… all his programmes are slick but he also manages to keep it all balanced… that’s rare at this level’ – Nathan Hislop; ‘He very nearly drowns in the Irish Sea in 2011 and then he’s straight back and right into it again, gutsy guy – Jo Newton.