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October 2002

Julian Bethwaite (AUS)

 Nomination
Following a string of tragedies involving jammed trapeze hooks there has been much talk about the need for I a new system of trapeze attachment. Not satisfied with just talking, Julian Bethwaite (father of the 4ger class) got on with the fast track development of a completely new harness system which is now in production. Yet again this remarkable Australian family have made a major contribution to international sailing
 Why they won
It's been said before, but what a family... Skiff champion Julian Bethwaite reacted fast to recent tragedies involving crews trapped by trapeze harnesses and his new easy-release system was recently launched to much acclaim.