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September 2012

Dee Smith (USA)

 Nomination
This one’s not for any of Dee’s many and varied racing achievements, nor in recognition of his valuable contributions to Seahorse… it is a good way, though, to flag up the terrific work that this American pro sailor has been doing to raise money for cancer research with the Leukemia Cup regattas. Dee is himself now a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor with 5 years of recovery – the odds for this being around 3 per cent. Good effort by a good friend to sailing
 Why they won
‘This is hard. I lost my dad to cancer last year, so sort of know what Dee is going through; I have a lot of respect for what he is doing’ – Carolijn Brouwer backs her rival; ‘Anyone can sail, to take on a cause like this shows a lot more’ – Richard Smith; ‘Dee, good luck and thank you’ – Jon Rolien; ‘Give the guy a break!’ – Chris Savage; ‘Thanks, buddy’ – Scott Nixon; ‘Great choice’ – Liz Horkan; ‘If he can get a donation from me he deserves this accolade!’ – Bob Fisher.