Sailor of the month: Matt Belcher
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September’s winner is… MATT BELCHER (AUS)
‘Two of the most remarkable sailors on the planet [with Francis Joyon] and I have to choose one…’ – Martin Gravare voted for Belcher; ‘His professionalism is only matched by his integrity and his humility’ – Kaye Smith; ‘Commitment!’ – Michelle Creevy; ‘A fellow Moth sailor, a top bloke and a funken awesome sailor’ – James Mackenzie; ‘A good man and now a total legend in terms of world 470 sailing’ – Deni Pilipenko; ‘Go Matt!’ – Jane Belcher; ‘Matthew is a great sailor and a good man’ – Victor Kovalenko.
YANN ELIES (FRA)
The 39-year-old French skipper survived a broken forestay and some tactical disasters on leg 3 to win his second consecutive Figaro race. Runs in the family, too, since his father Patrick won the event – then La Course de l’Aurore – back in 1979. In spite of his subsequent successes Eliès remains best known for his dramatic rescue after breaking his femur in the Southern Ocean in the 2008 Vendée Globe.
BRUNO SROKA (FRA)
It’s quite rare for a top oceanic adventurer to also be a top competitor in the more refined echelons of racing but Sroka is an exception. The three-time kitesurf World Cup winner recently completed an epic 275-mile ‘surf’ from Brittany to Cork in Ireland, one of three major offshore feats he will attempt this summer. Interestingly, the 37-year-old French sailor did not take up kitesurfing until he was 23. The crossing took Sroka 17 hours…
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