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December 2017

IGOR RYTOV (RUS)

 Nomination
In a month that saw Russian crews at the top of almost every major one-design competition Rytov’s achievement stood out as a first in the annals of offshore racing. Sailing with an all-Russian crew on another trusty JPK 10.80, Bogatyr, Igor Rytov is now the first Russian skipper to put his name on one of the classic ocean racing trophies, winning this year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race overall by just over 6 minutes, surviving nearly four days of rapidly changing conditions
 Why they won
‘A beginner in 2012, MSR winner in 2017 – Vadim Vosman; ‘I am RORC member since 2013 and proud to have raced with Igor’ – Boris Omelnitskiy; ‘Larry was big competition!’ – Ivan Bidzilya; ‘A big jump for a newcomer!’ – Sergey Pinyagin; ‘Russian guys win the MSR!!!’ – Mikchail Mishchenko; ‘A great result for Russia’ – Anastasia Kalinina; ‘Igor wins with his friends against the big pro sailors!’ – Sergeev Anton; ‘My husband is the coolest man!’ – Irina Rytov; ‘And my dad is the best dad’ – Polina Rytov.