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:

SAILING Mag Blog Raymarine Sailor of the Year 2018 is TINA PLATTNER

This is always a pleasurable time of the year as it’s when I get to announce the Raymarine SAILING Mag Blog Sailor of the Year. This award is made in conjunction with MDM Marine Services who are the local RSA importers of Raymarine sailing electronics. Sincere thanks to them for their on-going support and sponsorship …

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December 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Malcolm Hall

Malcolm led a team of South Africans to the FarEast 28 worlds in China in October. The team was made up of crew from his Cape 31, Magic, which he recently launched in Table Bay with the desire to join in the tight and competitive racing that is provided. His team were made to work …

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November 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Stefano Marcia

Stefano Marcia is a worthy candidate as he has just won the 2018 Laser National Championships in style, while showing that he is the top Laser sailor in the country. He also holds the SAS Northern Region provincial championship title and finished fifth in the 2018 American Nationals. He represented South Africa at the 2016 …

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October 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Dave Shilton

Dave Shilton was invited to join a group of Finn sailors in a 2-week ‘Emerging Nations’ Programme before the 2018 Finn Gold Cup in Denmark. He received intense coaching and support both before and during the Gold Cup. The programme proved a great success for Shilton as he was 5th in the first race of …

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September 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailors of the Month – Blaine Dodds & Roxanne Kay Dodds

It’s a pretty safe bet to say that Blaine Dodds has to be South Africa’s top Hobie sailor as he has such an impressive local and international record in these cats. His latest victory is another international title to add to the long list he already has. He recently competed in the Sylt Regatta in …

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August 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Roger Hudson

The month in which the Lipton Cup is sailed always highlights some interesting characters and even more important, some incredible performances. It’s hardly surprising then that Roger Hudson is the one to be singled out as he skippered the RCYC team to a Lipton victory on ‘foreign’ waters by winning 4 of the 5 races. …

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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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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

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