Once the fastest Finn sailor in the west (and east), in 2001 Sweden's Freddy Loof had a remarkable first season in the Star class, taking both the European title, sailing with Magnus Liljedahl, and then the World Championship in Medemblik, where he sailed with regular crew Christian Finnsgard. Prior to the start of the Volvo Race Freddy also trialled with Assa Abloy but didn't find a slot. Ocean novice or not, that could have been a mistake - the man learns fast! Freddy is already very popular in the Star class, as he was in the Finns, hard and fast on the water but engaging and humorous ashore. First-rate bloke really!