Seahorse Sailor of the Month: Oscar Mead
December’s winner is OSCAR MEAD (GBR):
A lot of influential people have clearly taken note of transatlantic solo racer Mead’s new safety harness and so in spite of (Mrs) Tania Cookson’s admirable efforts the young Brit edged it! ‘Best thing since the EPIRB’ – Mark Thornburrow; ‘Yes, at long last’ – Pat Shaughnessy; ‘Oscar deserves this award as a sign of gratitude from the sailing community… and their families’ – David Franks; ‘Lucky that he got his looks from his mum… he’s even quite useful to have on a boat!’ – Ben Williams; ‘Very proud’ – Laurence Mead.
HELMUT JAHN (USA)
The boat name is a clue, the Farr 40 Flash Gordon 6 being just the latest in a long line of always immaculately turned-out boats for this enthusiastic skipper. Together with his co-helmsman – and son – Evan, and outstanding US tactician Bill Hardesty, the Flash Gordon team swept aside a strong, multinational 20-boat fleet to win the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 worlds… in Jahn’s hometown of Chicago. Sweet.
JON VANDERMOLEN (USA)
Of the top 12 Star crews at London 2012, USA were the only one not in a VanderMolen PStar. The achievement of VanderMolen and his German co-conspirator Marc Pickel must be seen in the context of the vast amounts of money spent by several top teams building exotic one-off designs, as well as the already legendary high standard of other production builds. The $400K one-offs stayed on their trailers during August.
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