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August 2017

SEAN REGAN (NZL)

 Nomination
Capsize your boat (brutally) one day and win the next (OK, the day after but the boat was ready). The head of Emirates Team New Zealand shore operations, Regan led his team in a typically calm and quiet but still monumental rebuild of the team’s single ACC raceboat following their pitchpole racing Ben Ainslie in the qualifying rounds. In fact, the broken carbon was not the biggest problem; try soaking the most complex (and effective) control systems in the fleet
 Why they won
An unprecedented vote for the man who led the rebuild of the America’s Cup challenger after her capsize (plenty of votes too for Transat winner Andrea Mura). ‘Sean Regan (Dad) worked for days on end without breaks in order to run ETNZ’s shore operations. He has put all his blood sweat and tears into Emirates Team New Zealand and it paid off. The team simply wouldn’t be able to get by if it wasn’t for all of the work, leadership, pride, time, support and many more things Dad gives to the team’ – Hailey Regan.