August 2003

Bernard Stamm (SUI)

We'll never know what might have become of Stamm and his rapid Rolland design in the last Vendee Globe, retiring soon after the start due to a lack of preparation time. Since then the pair have blasted their way to a new Atlantic monohull record, several wins on the IMOCA grand prix tour and now have utterly dominated the Around Alone, scoring 59 points out of a maximum possible of 60. The latest win has set Stamm up well for his next project, while his yacht designer should also be getting a few phone calls soon ...
 Why they won
Another one for the land of banks and Toblerone... Bernard Stamm did just what was required of him in polishing off a very tidy Around Alone win. But while he dominated the racing, he also dealt calmly and intelligently with a potentially life threatening problem with his swing keel mechanism off Cape Horn which would have seen many retire. However, the 'freedom man', Thierry Dubois, made a fight of voting: 'I want to vote for both, but I am voting for Thierry because he worked so hard ashore and afloat to educate people about human rights. Bernard won but Thierry has made a difference' - Around Alone manager Mary Ambler.