Seahorse Sailor of the month: Giles Scott
August’s winner is GILES SCOTT (GBR):
Was there ever a better example of the flaw in the one sailor per country rule for the Olympic Regatta? Scott won the UK Finn title this year and then dominated a windy Sail for Gold at the 2012 Olympic venue. Scott vs Ainslie offers a fascinating parallel with Cam Lewis vs John Bertrand 30 years ago; the taller, bigger pretender easing past the favourite – particularly when it blows. At least the lanky Scott at 25 has a few more Olympics left in him.
CAROLIJN BROUWER (NED)
For a long time the eternal bridesmaid, Brouwer won four world titles in the Laser Radial and then Europe classes but Olympic success eluded her. However, once she found multihulls life got a whole lot better, with success in the Tornado, Extreme 40 and now the F-18 fleet, in which Brouwer recently became the first woman to win the Round Texel Race in this rugged event’s 35-year history.
DEE SMITH (USA)
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.
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