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February 2016

BRIAN THOMPSON (GBR)

 Nomination
What a year Brian has had, grabbing the reigns of the MOD 70 Phaedo3 with owner Lloyd Thornburg, wracking up race win after race win and record after record. The competition has come and gone but the Phaedo crew have been unstoppable. In our opinion their finest result was snapping at the heels of the giant Spindrift 2 all the way around the Fastnet course before finishing just minutes behind
 Why they won
‘For the Olympics give me Ainslie, for the Vendée, Desjoyeaux; but heading offshore in a big tri, get on the phone and beg for Brian,’ – Matt Cowpe; ‘Total star’– Sam Goodchild; ‘A kind, gentle legend,’ – Clemency Ives; ‘A superlative sailor,’ – Owen McKenzie; ‘Unassuming modesty allied with epic achievement, that great British understatement!’ – Andrew McIrvine; ‘most unassuming and fastest pro sailor ever,’ – Polly Dawson; ‘Legend’ – Robo; ‘And he has done so much for injured serviceman charities,’ – Ian Finlay