Seahorse sailor of the month: Sir Keith Mills
‘Keith Mills is a legend for what he has done to support British yachting… and he is a thoroughly nice chap as well!’ – Sophie Luther; ‘Loves his sailing and does a great deal to support others in the sport’ – Rob Greenhalgh; ‘A tough choice, please make it easier next month!’ – Bruce Masters; ‘It’s great to see Keith himself out on the water again as well as those he supports’ – Ian Moore; ‘Sailing needs more people like Keith Mills’ – Tim Hedges; ‘A good choice, one of the quiet men behind British sailing’ – Mike Coyne.
The August nominees are:
JOHNNY HEINEKEN (USA)
‘My sailing background is one of my most valuable assets’. So says the world’s dominant force in kiteboarding who before switching disciplines finished top five in both the 29er worlds and the USA 49er Olympic selection trials. Kiteboarding world champion in both 2011 and 2012, this Rolex US Yachtsman of the Year won no fewer than 10 of the 12 races at last year’s windy championship in Germany.
ANDREW MILLS (GBR)
The British Finn squad really is something of a phenomenon. Britain’s previous Finn Gold Cup winner Giles Scott went into the last medal race day at Hyères leading the 2013 series by a comfortable margin, only to be overwhelmed with a brilliant final flourish by his teammate Mills, for whom this is the first major international title. All the usual suspects are working hard to knock GBR off their perch but there’s a way to go.
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