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February 2008

Rohan Veal (AUS)

 Nomination
Ed Baird did a far better job than he got credit for at AC32, but Veal was so far ahead as the right choice for Rolex Sailor of the Year, for the good of sailing if nothing else, that we have no choice but to put him forward for a second time. Eight bullets at the 2007 Moth Worlds showed the upstarts who is still boss. And a continuing effort to encourage a younger audience into the sport… How obvious was it to all but ISAF?
 Why they won
Some unusually strong feeling this month. ‘Know this: Rohan Veal is in the vanguard of high-performance sailing. We think Rohan is cool because we think that high-performance sailing is cool. We think high-performance sailing is the future and we want you [ISAF] to get out of the way of its progress’ – David Carter.