January 2004

Xavier Rohart & Pascal Rambeau (FRA)

Rohart and Rambeau's win in the 2003 Star Worlds means that 'recent' Finn sailors have taken every world title since Sydney. As well as reinvigorating an already strong class, fresh ideas and new techniques have (again) lifted the Star above criticism of its Olympic status. Rohart's win was both popular and widely respected. 'Relatively' young perhaps, but this talented Frenchman is always ready to help newcomers to the fleet in the greatest traditions of the class
 Why they won
No gold star on their mainsail perhaps (due to a dispute between ISAF and the Star class), but no one doubts the identity of the 2003 Star World Champions: 'Xavier and Pascal are real champions, fine gentlemen, never with their noses in the air' - Frank Lokin. And 71% of you agreed.