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January 2005

Jim Richardson (USA)

 Nomination
OK, so we’re a month late with this nomination but there was some big regatta going on in Greece… That Jim Richardson’s name was put forward by several well-known sailors is a good indication of the popularity of the first skipper to win two Farr 40 world titles. His commitment to the Farr 40 class, both as a sailor and class officer, has paid dividends right across the board. Richardson won this year’s title by a record points margin; so maybe he’s also still improving?
 Why they won
Someone loves ya baby… a flood of early votes put the double Farr 40 world champion far enough ahead of the great (west, not east...) German, Wolfgang Hunger, to guarantee the US skipper 54% of the poll – with ‘Europe’ closing fast! ‘Hard work and dedication are Jim’s creed’ – Nelson Stephenson; ‘Preparation and consistency still win out every time’ – Rob Goddard.