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May 2009

Ray Davies (NZL)

 Nomination
The quiet man of New Zealand yachting had some big boots to fill when he replaced Terry Hutchinson after the Rolex Sailor of the Year left Emirates TNZ last year. However, as a tactician or strategist, Davies has won almost all of it, including the Admiral’s Cup, the Louis Vuitton Cup, the TP52 MedCup aboard Mean Machine (where he won plenty else as well), and most recently the Pacific Series, standing at Dean Barker’s shoulder
 Why they won
‘Hooray’, by a nose… from Monsieur Gautier. ‘Highly underrated, for many years now Ray has been one of the key members of Emirates Team New Zealand’ – Peter Lester; ‘No decision!’ – Peter de Ridder; ‘Right-hand Ray!’ – Sander van der Borch; ‘At long last Ray has been noticed! It’s no coincidence that he’s guided so many yachts to success… and you missed his Hobart win on Aera!’ – Richard Prest. ‘3-1 over Butterworth, not bad’ – Simon Baker.