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

Sailor of the Month – postponed due to COVID!

Sadly with sailing still on the backburner, the monthly Sailor of the Month award is postponed until the sport gets back to normal. Thanks to Raymarine and MDM Marine services for their continued support and understanding during these difficult times. Stay Safe please.

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Sailor of the Month Awards Cancelled for this Year

by Richard Crockett Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown for the past 7 months which has resulted in very little competitive sailing taking place, it has been decided to cancel the competition this year. Just three monthly winners have been announced so far this year, and with few, if any key regattas planned for …

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April 2020 Raymarine Sailors of the Month – Hasso Plattner

Now here’s man who is absolutely passionate about his sailing, yet despite his age he just continues to mix it up with the best sailors in the world on the 52 Super Series circuit. Up until recently he was always a highly respected 505 dinghy sailor on the international circuit. Hasso Plattner played a massive …

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March 2020 Raymarine Sailors of the Month – Rijk Kuttel & Chris Garratt

‘Ballyhoo Too’ sailed an incredibly good Cape to Rio race, yet her performance was very much under the radar, despite it being one of the best performances in the fleet. Rijk Kuttel & Chris Garratt sailed their old Mumm 36 two-up in the racing fleet, and day after day they just reeled off really good …

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February 2020 Raymarine Sailors of the Month – Crew of Love Water

The Cape to Rio Race 2020 will be remembered for two things for years to come. The manner in which Love Water, the 70-foot trimaran blasted her way across the South Atlantic in record time, and the ferocious storm through which the fleet had to battle to get to the finish line. All eyes were …

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Raymarine Sailor of the Month. Calling for Nominations

Nominations are about to close for the first award of 202, so if you would like to make a nomination, now’s the time to do it. We have up-and-coming youngsters trying to make their mark in the sport; we have those who have passed the youth ranks and are setting their sights higher and on …

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Raymarine Sailor of the Year – 2019 – Mike Hayton

by Richard Crockett Congratulations to Mike Hayton on becoming SAILING Magazine’s 19th Sailor of the Year. Raymarine and MDM Marine Services have continued sponsoring this award throughout 2019, and with it there is a handsome sum of money to the winner. Please support our sponsor. Now in its 19th year, the winners’ Roll of Honour …

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December 2019 Raymarine Sailors of the Month – Matt Ashwell and Rivaldo Arendse

Matt and Rivaldo teamed up in 2019 to compete in the 420 class, taking the opportunity to join a class that is going through a revival in South Africa, so they are now part of that group of sailors who are raising the bar in the class. They recently won this year’s 420 National Championship …

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November 2019 Raymarine Sailors of the Month – Markus Progli & Richard Hutton-Squire

Progli and Hutton-Squire won the recent 505 Nationals in Saldanha Bay, winning 3 of the 6 races and not being lower than 4th (their first race) – a great result against some well-seasoned and highly experienced and competent 505 sailors. A report on the event said it was going to be “one of the toughest …

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October 2019 Raymarine Sailors of the Month – Campbell Alexander & Dave Herridge

Campbell Alexander & Dave Herridge sailed together in the Flying 15 worlds in Ireland a few weeks back as a new combination. Alexander sails both Flying 15s and Lasers, while Herridge is a ‘lifetime’ Laser sailor and top kiteboarder. They finished 11th in the pre-worlds in a fleet of 50-plus boats and 15th in the …

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September 2019 Raymarine Sailors of the Month – Mike Hayton & David Rae

The Lipton Cup was a ‘hot’ event this year with the Cape 31s making their debut – and they did not disappoint as the racing was slick, fast and incredibly competitive. But one team ultimately stood out as the boat to beat as they were consistent, quick on all points of the wind, and managed …

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August 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Andrew Tarboton

  South African sailors have been competing in numbers internationally recently, and mostly doing pretty well, so our judges had a tough time calling the winner. Andrew Tarboton has always been a very versatile sailor who performs well in most classes and conditions, and just recently finished 14th in the Musto Skiff World Championships in …

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July 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Sean Kavanagh

Local RSA Optimist sailors have generally had a torrid time when competing internationally, and few in recent times have managed to make the Gold fleet at their very first attempt. But this changed when Sean Kavanagh competed in the European championship last month, his first ever major European event, and made his mark by getting …

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May 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Paul Lagesse

After several years of trying, and coming so close last year, Paul Lagesse finally won the Hobie 16 Nationals in 2019 offshore Durban. He managed this feat against a fleet that was smaller than usual, some 21 boats, but included perennial champion Blaine Dodds and regular Durban front runner Garth Louden, so was as high …

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April 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Malcolm Hall

Since winning the Far East 28 Worlds in China in October last year, Hall has competed with distinction in the Cape 31 Class – which is the only keelboat class producing really tough and competitive sailing. It’s fast, it’s relentless, and it’s close, exceptionally close in fact, with a mere minor error being exceptionally costly …

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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