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Sailor of the month

Lord Laidlaw

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 second national title for the season as he won the Dabchick Nationals in December. He also holds numerous provincial titles. He just seems to win every regatta he sails - and just lives for his sailing.
Now that he has aged out of the Dabchick Class he will move on to 505s where you will also find him at the front of the fleet. He suffered a bit of a setback last year when he broke his arm. Even this did not keep him off the water as he climbed onto a rubber duck and coached the less experienced sailors.
This talented sailor loves the sport of sailing so much that he willingly shares his knowledge and enriches others. He is a worthy sailor of the month and someone who we will no doubt hear lots more about in the future

About the Sailor of the month

Sailing, in conjunction with MDM Marine Services, North Sails and Southern Spars, continues to back the “Sailor of the Year” Award

Monthly winners are featured in Sailing, with the overall “Sailor of the Year” receiving a substantial cash prize.

Who can make nominations?
Anyone (individuals, clubs, class associations or administrators) may submit nominations

What are the criteria?
The award is strictly for “sailing excellence” or in exceptional circumstances, “dedication to the sport”

What is the procedure?
All nominations must be fully motivated in writing and must be accompanied by a head-and-shoulders picture of the candidate, plus an action sailing pic aboard his/hear 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.

Nominations must be received by the 1st of every month, although this may be extended at the Editor’s discretion, so it is recommended to submit them as soon as possible.

Submissions should preferably be emailed to : The Editor (, faxed to 031-709-6143 or posted to Sailing Publications, PO Box 1849, Westville 3630. Original prints can be supplied although high-resolution (300 dpi) digital images are preferred.

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