Seahorse Sailor of the Month: Helmut Jahn
January’s winner is HELMUT JAHN (USA):
They fought the corner for Star boatbuilder Jon VanderMolen but in the end the Farr 40 OD fleet remains a pretty formidable foe… Especially when it sets to work on home soil! Many voters paid tribute to the long commitment of this Chicago architect to big boat sailing in general and owner-driver competition in particular, while both current and former crew make clear that he also seems to be an OK sort of a guy to go sailing with… He turns out his long series of yachts – always with the same name – pretty nicely too.
Seahorse Sailor of the Month comes to you with Musto, Harken McLube and Dubarry. Please contact us at Seahorse for your prizes.
JIMMY SPITHILL (AUS)
In just about every shot taken and every video recorded of Oracle’s pile-up on the bay, there was Jimmy Spithill in the centre of the frame. Whether it was right after the flip, waiting for the headcount to finish, or chasing their horribly broken platform out into the
Pacific, or hauling what was left of it out of the dirty water the following morning in Alameda, there he was. Doing what a good skipper does.
STEVE CLARK (USA)
Like it or loathe it, the 34th America’s Cup is pretty exciting and lots of good things are going to come out of it. But would this Cup be anything like the animal it is today had Steve Clark not thrown his heart into resurrecting the C-Class, giving away all his wing catamaran design information to anybody serious about using it? We doubt it. The crowd of wannabe AC72 designers at the Little America’s Cup in 2010 suggests AC34 owes him a lot.
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