Sailor of the month: Andrew Mills
A big vote this month. ‘My outside bet for Finn gold in Rio, plus he’s a fellow ginger and we need all the help we can get!’ – Dan Wilkinson; ‘A serious force in the toughest of the dinghy classes’ – Bob Fisher; ‘A giant of a man and none too shabby in a Finn’ – Craig Bowie; ‘And then he broke the Round the Island record with Sir Ben!’ – Amy Cada; ‘It was always a matter of when not if Andrew would start collecting the major titles’ – Nigel Milligan; ‘He works bl**dy hard and he supports others’ – Craig Whitby.
The September nominees are:
MATT BELCHER (AUS)
It is almost impossible to grasp this in a class that is as competitive as the Men’s 470, but London 2012 gold medal helmsman Matt Belcher has now won his last 16 major regattas on the trot. Even a switch of crews from Malcolm Page to current partner Will Ryan made not the smallest dent in Belcher’s dominance, confirming his own prediction that he had a ‘bit of pace left in the tank’ after London 2012.
FRANCIS JOYON (FRA)
He flew into New York just 48 hours before setting off, did all the boat preparation and diving himself, bought a stack of inexpensive supplies from a nearby Russian deli then borrowed a RIB to help him get Idec 2 off the dock. Then Francis Joyon set out to sea, and after a difficult and relatively slow opening 48 hours put the hammer down and obliterated his friend Thomas Coville’s singlehanded transatlantic record…
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