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May 2005

Vincent Riou (FRA)

 Nomination
Two in a row for the quiet French skipper (and for Desjoyeaux Ed), as Vincent Riou was the chief ‘préparateur’ behind Le Professeur’s success in the previous Vendée Globe four years before. Now the apprentice has stepped into the shoes of the master, and has filled them very adequately. Look closely at his preparation and race itself and you will see a nearly perfect ocean racing programme
 Why they won
So many of you wrote 'it's hard to put Vincent up against Ellen, who will obviously win .. ,' that Ellen didn't win! In fact, Riou took 60% of the vote this month, showing perhaps that the Seahorse readership remains unique in its fundamental addiction to racing.