Always around but never previously in the front line, the popular and talented English sailor, a past International 14 world champion, rapidly grew into the skipper's role on Assa Abloy. From Leg 3 onwards Assa began to show the potential so many had tipped before the race. And on Leg 8 to Gothenburg McDonald's crew pulled off the win of the event to keep the contest open to the end
Why they won
Sometimes second can be better, or so many clearly felt. The Assa Abloy skipper - called up to the plate only after Leg 1 - pipped Volvo Race winner John Kostecki by 57 to 43 per cent to take this month's award.