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January 2016

HAKAN SVENSSON (SWE)

 Nomination
An extraordinary supporter of sailing, both behind the scenes and occasionally front of house. This childhood buddy of gold medallist Freddy Lööf has also backed other campaigns including Ken Read’s Puma and Ian Walker’s original Green Dragon. More recently he took over production of the M32 catamaran and acquired the World Match Racing Tour. And so the M32 match racer was born – outstanding!
 Why they won
Ian Walker’s Green Dragon, Kenny Read’s two Puma campaigns, Freddy Lööf and a gold medal at London 2012 and now match racing in M32 cats, Håkan Svensson has done a great deal for sailing in recent years. ‘You won’t find a nicer or more enthusiastic person in the sport’ – Ian Walker; ‘Håkan is changing the game’ – Tom Gross; ‘He is taking the steps that no one else is willing to do to encourage the young teams’ – Chris Poole; ‘First he is my husband and second he deserves to win!’ – Chatarina Björkroth.