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August 2008

José Maria Torcida Seghers (ESP)

 Nomination
The current J-80 World Champion is talent. He arrived in Alicante for the first round of the Audi MedCup with last year’s (admittedly very good) TP52 design plus two new sails and a mostly amateur crew. Day one and Seghers’ team onboard Tau Cerámica won both the opening races ahead of a glittering array of America’s Cup talent and gadzillion dollar private entries. We love it!
 Why they won
Hola bl**dy hola! Swamped by Pichu’s Spanish fan club this month, power to you!!! ‘The best’ – Jan Santana (and 30 others), ’Pichu es un 10!’ – Alex Pella, ‘the fastest there is’ – Angel Inglesias, ‘go, Pichu’ – Carlos Echavari, ‘driving force’ – Gonzalo Botín, ‘one of the greats’ – Andres Lopez, ‘a good sailor, a better friend’ – Talo.