Sailor of the month

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.
The overall ‘Sailor of the Year’ receives a substantial cash prize.

Sailor of the Year Award
The award is strictly for ‘sailing excellence’ or in exceptional circumstances, for ‘dedication to the sport’.

It is also an individual award, although in exceptional circumstances, a team will be considered.

Who can make nominations? Anyone may submit nominations. There is NO requirement for a Club, Class or anyone else to sanction or approve a nomination. So a skipper can nominate his crew, or vice versa, as our judges require a good cross section of achievers from who to select the monthly winner.

The identity of the person submitting the nomination is NEVER made public, nor passed on to the panel of anonymous judges. The judges therefore only judge on the merits of each nomination.

Nomination Procedure? Nominations must be fully motivated in writing, and accompanied by a head-and-shoulders picture of the candidate, and if possible an action sailing pic aboard his/her boat. Motivations must include current performances, a brief CV of the nominee, and other pertinent, personal background information (age, school, employment, home town etc) so that an interesting editorial on the winner may be written. Failure to submit the required material will result in the nomination not being considered.

Submissions to be e-mailed to: editor@sailing.co.za

July 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Tina Plattner

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 …

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June 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Blaine Dodds

Now here’s a man who is no stranger to this award, and even has the prestige ‘Sailor of the Year’ title to his credit, yet he continues to mellow and shine as he climbs the ‘age ladder’ in our wonderful sport! He is of course the evergreen Blaine Dodds – Hobie Cat supremo and doyen …

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May 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Bernard Farmer

Bernard Farmer took his Charger 33 to a stunning handicap win in the Vasco da Gama Ocean race between Durban and Port Elizabeth at the end of April. This was a very tough race with the fleet being clubbed by two gale force South Westerlies in excess of 40 knots. But this did not deter …

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April 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Gert van der Linde

It is rare that we receive nominations for cruising yachtsmen, but good safe seamanship in hostile and bitterly cold waters is as important as making a dinghy or keelboat go fast on the race course. Gert is one of the quietest and most low profile of sailors, but in recent years he has completed two …

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March 2018 Sailor of the Month – Tina Plattner

Tina is one of those sailors who gives the sport her all as a tough competitor who never gives up. Plus she is game to sail a variety of boats – and all very well too as she competes at the top of the sport. She was one of the first to get a new …

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February 2018 Sailor of the Month – Calvin Gibbs

This young man who matriculated last year is has received this accolade before as he is simply a very fine and talented young sailors. He caught the eye of Roger Hudson of RaceAhead who has been mentoring and coaching him for the past year or more, resulting in a sailor with more refined skills, more …

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Sailor of the Year – Role of Honour

The SAILING Mag Blog ‘Sailor of the Year’ role of honour consists of many fine names of top South African yachties. The latest sailors to receive the SAILING Magazine Blog ‘Sailor of the Year’ award are Alex Burger & Benji Daniel who won the 29er Worlds in August 2017. This is the very first time …

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Sailors of the Year – Alex Burger & Benji Daniel

by Richard Crockett It is never easy as a judge deciding who is the SAILING Mag Blog ‘Sailor of the Year’ as competition for the top spot is always tight. This year was no different, although two young sailors stood out head and shoulders above everyone else, and were a unanimous choice of the four …

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December 2017 Sailor of the Month – Mike Hayton

Mike Hayton’s Nitro sailing team are now in their fourth year of campaigning in Cape Town, and not only do their results continue to impress, but they’ve now started competing in the offshore races being offered, and their results there are nothing to be scoffed at! In the two offshore races this year, Nitro has …

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October 2017 Sailor of the Month – Alex Burger

Alex Burger and Benji Daniel have each previously done a 29er Worlds, but earlier this year they teamed up for the 2017 worlds – and ultimately won it in fine style too! Alex was on trapeze and Benji on the helm. They had intense training sessions in both Durban and Cape Town, and were expertly …

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September 2017 Sailor of the Month – Benji Daniel

It would be a travesty if Benji Daniel and his crew Alex Burger were not widely recognised for winning the 29er World Championships in such grand style. Well they are now (again!) as Benji is our Sailor of the Month for September – and a very fitting and deserving winner he is too, especially as …

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August 2017 Sailor of the Month – Blaine Dodds

One simply runs out of superlatives with which to describe Blaine Dodds and his ability to always be in the hunt for major Hobie titles, irrespective of where he competes in the world. He also has too many podium finishes at world championships to be able to keep count! In the recent Hobie Multiclass Worlds …

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JULY 2017 Sailor of the Month – Andrew Tarboton

The Musto Skiff World Championships were held in Palma, Spain during June, and Tarboton finished 3rd in a very competitive fleet of 63 boats with 14 races in a good cross-section of conditions. He started his sailing career at the Henley-Midmar Yacht Club in 1993 racing in an Optimist as well as crewing for either …

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June 2017 – Calvin Gibbs

Gibbs started his sailing career at Imperial Yacht Club in Optimists, quickly taking to the sport and working his way up through the ranks to the top of the leader-board. He won the 2012 Optimist Youth Nationals, plus the selection regatta. He competed in the 2013 Optimist African Champs, placing second in the Optimists. Just …

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May 2017 – Jonathan Ham

Jonathan Ham was recently crowned the Dolphin class National champion. The fact that his crew, Ruth Avierinos, had never sailed before did not seem to bother him at all, and in his own quiet and very cheerful way he managed to teach her the skills of sailing, and together they took gold. This is Jonathan’s …

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Roll of Honour

Sailors of the Month – 2017
February   Matt Ashwell
March        Mikhayla Bader
April          Lord Irvine Laidlaw
May           Jonathan Ham
June          Calvin Gibbs
July           Andrew Tarboton
August
September
October
November
December

Sailors of the Year
2016  Rob van Rooyen
2015  Stefano Marcia
2014  Blaine Dodds
2013  Asenathi Jim
2012  Roger Hudson
2011  Stefano Marcia
2010  Asenathi Jim
2009  Taariq Jacobs
2008  David Hudson
2007  Dominique Provoyeur
2006  Craig Millar
2005  Shaun Ferry
2004  Justin Onvlee
2003  Dominique Provoyeur
2002  Golden Mgedza
2001  John Eloff