Sailing in the TP 52 Super Series during June in Croatia, Tina Plattner and her crew, with a generous number of South Africans aboard, scored a number of ‘firsts’ which have tipped the scales in her favour to win this award for the second time this year.
It is rare that anyone gets to win the “Sailor of the Month’ title twice in one year, yet Tina Plattner has done just that, and added another ‘first’ to the following achievements in Croatia:
• she became the first female helm ever to win a TP52 race.
• she became the first helm to triumph at their first ever 52 Super Series regatta.
• she led the first ever South African team to win on the world’s leading grand prix circuit.
Plus, they nearly won overall, but had to be content with 2nd overall – a stunning achievement anyway, and extremely valuable experience for her and the local crew mates.
June was a big month for women in sailing as the first women to win a Volvo Ocean Race were aboard Dongfeng Racing Team when they slipped past their opposition within sight of the finish line to claim the race title. It’s just wonderful that one of our own women achieved glory on the international circuit too.
SAILING, in conjunction with MDM Marine Services and Raymarine sponsor the ‘Sailor of the Year’ Award.
MDM Marine Services are the exclusive importers of Raymarine products into South Africa.
Raymarine are a world leader in high performance marine electronics for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets.
2019 Sailors of the Month
|September||Mike Hayton & David Rae|
|October||Campbell Alexander & Dave Herridge|
|November||Markus Progli & Richard Hutton-Squire|
|December||Matt Ashwell and Rivaldo Arendse|
Roll of Honour – Sailors of the Year
DUE TO COVID-19
|2017||Alex Burger & Benji Daniel|
|2016||Rob van Rooyen|