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March 2006

Juan Kouyoumdjian (ARG)

 Nomination
Joy, relief, excitement, it’s hard to know how best to describe the pleasure that the charismatic Argentinian designer took from seeing his choice of a radical design route for ABN-AMRO’s two VO70s being vindicated on Leg 1 to Cape Town. But what impressed us as much as the pace was the reliability of both JK’s boats, while all around were consummately falling apart…
 Why they won
‘How can I not vote for Ellen. If the planets disagree then we shall settle it in Starboats’ – Juan. 82% of the votes say get out your Starboat, JK (beware Ellen, he ain’t slow). The ABN designer captured your imagination: ‘Good on ABN for having courage to go to this exciting designer’ – Frederico de Melo; ‘Superb job’ – Andy Steiner; ‘Since childhood Juan has always been in love with the sea, he deserves this award’ – Edward Seferian.