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November 2016

JOHN BERTRAND (AUS)

 Nomination
Given the stellar line-up of world champions, America’s Cup sailors and tacticians and Olympic medallists, you could have been forgiven for not expecting the Finn bronze medallist of 1976 to still be box office 40 years later at the 2016 Etchells Worlds. In fact, JB cleaned up, adding another title to a formidable CV that includes that epoch-setting win in the 1983 America’s Cup, making him the toast of the New York Yacht Club…
 Why they won
‘It was like playing full-back against your boyhood hero and even aged 69 he still kicked 10 goals past us… Respect’ – Jim Badenach; ‘It’s simple, John Bertrand is a legend’ – Marek Zwierz; ‘Amazing performance by a fantastic sailor… he first thrashed me 45 years ago so us old boys need to stick together’ – Peter Morton; ‘Classy and cool’ – Carol Cronin; ‘JB’s been my sailor of the month every month since September 1983’ – John Lammerts; ‘Top guy, friendly and helpful… and with both ends of the fleet!’ – Rob Goddard.