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July 2012

Bruce Kirby (CAN)

 Nomination
Who else could we put up against today’s man of influence but the great Canadian designer and sailor who gave the world the Laser – and so changed the face of international one-design competition. Kirby also recently scored another major result for the design community, when he wrestled back the rights to his little singlehander, setting an important copyright precedent that will benefit
 Why they won
The first wave was rooting for Juan K but then, led by Sir Russell Coutts, the big guns opened up for the US-resident creator of the Laser. ‘Damn good wrestler and no bad sailor, either’ – Jim Linville; ‘Bruce does it for the average Joe, Juan does a nice job for the billionaires’ – Dick Hardcastle; ‘Bruce has done a huge amount for sailing… He is The King!’ – Scott MacLeod; ‘No boat has influenced the popularity of sailing – and racing – like the Laser’ – Carlos Pich.