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Seahorse Sailor of the Month: Paul Larsen and Malcolm Barnsley

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.


‘Gio [Belgrano] is so totally cool but what a time to be nominated, competing with 65 goddamm knots!’ – Dave Halladay; ‘There can’t be two more deserving winners’ – Fraser Brown; ‘Farewell, kiters’ – Euan Ross; ‘Sensational result!’ – Nick Bubb; ‘It’s taken Malcolm 30 years since we first worked together on a speed project; that is dedication… not to mention the sheer genius of his design’ – Mike Urwin; ‘Paul never once wavered in his self-belief’ – Ian Finlay; ‘Heh, Paul, nice to be the King! I am ready as co-pilot’ – Cam Lewis.



Persistence – or patience – either could be described as the theme of this month’s contest. Syd Fischer crossed the line second on his latest, chartered Ragamuffin in what was his 44th Sydney-Hobart race. It says a lot about offshore racing that even at the age of 85 Syd Fischer never gave a thought to missing the traditional Boxing Day start. Though, to be fair, he’s been smart enough for his boats to get a little larger with the years…


Shortly after rounding Cape Horn Thomson and his six-year-old but well-prepared Farr design were just 356nm behind Vendée Globe leader François Gabart. That gap has since widened but Thomson was still over 1,200nm in front of his closest rival on a boat of a similar age. Whatever the final weeks of the Vendée bring, Thomson has already shown that all those painful previous lessons were well learnt…

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