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Seahorse Sailor of the month: Brad Van Liew

MUSTO sponsors a ‘sailor of the month’ competition column in Seahorse magazine, and we thought we’d share the results with you.  Every month we give away an Evolution Soft Shell Jacket incorporating style, performance and fleece lined GORE-TEX® fabric technology to the lucky winners.

August’s winner is BRAD VAN LIEW (USA):

‘Finn sailing legend Richard Hart made the early running but once Uncle Sam starts rolling… ‘Brad was doing a perfect job, until he sailed right into a nice storm this morning’ – Walt Lane; ‘inspired, communicative and not a bad sailor’ – Piers Williams; ‘Class act’ – Matt Sole; ‘One tough dude’ – Luiz Kahl; ‘Full noise or no noise’ – Anne-Marie Hasselbalch; ‘We’re not great with solo sailors here, so he done good’ – David Gruver (USA); ‘Blazing!’ – Alan Andrews.

SEPTEMBER NOMINEES:

PHIL SHARP (GBR)

The Class 40 winner in the 2006 Route du Rhum (on a rented Pogo 40) is one of the enigmas of solo ocean racing; the winner of several more big events – he recently dominated the 225-mile Solo Basse Normandi – Sharp struggles to achieve the sort of recognition that might deliver a chance to test himself on the great oceanic events.  Rated in Europe, little known at home in England…  Sounds like UK Olympic sailing in the 1970s!

Seventy-three-year-old Finn legend Richard Hart tried for some time to set up his rig and boat the same as Ben Ainslie and other top Poms but found it just didn’t suit his style…  So eventually this year Hart returned to the trusty set-up that he has established during 50 years in the class.  Result!  Hart won the second race at this year’s UK Finn championships and went on to finish 10th overall in the 42-strong fleet…

CHARLIE BUCKINGHAM (USA)

The 2009 recipient of US College Sailor of the Year has just been given the honour for a rare second time after winning US national titles in both the Laser and two-handed divisions in recent months.  A native of Newport Beach, Buckingham has a strong record in both team and fleet racing…  The Georgetown senior has also made All-American no fewer than four times in his brief career.  A name to watch?

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