It looks as though things are beginning to move in the direction they should be doing on this thread. I am posting in full the email that I submitted hopefully to encourage more of you to hit the keyboard in support of Alan. This is what I sent in...
"I write to nominate Alan Priddy for Yachtsman of the Year.
There are three points I would like to make about his remarkable voyage:
1 He had the vision to set about what few others would dare to believe possible.
2 He had the skills and resourcefulness to keep the voyage on track despite countless setbacks.
3 With the finish in site he had the courage to abort the final leg of his race when he believed the life of one of his crew to be in extreme danger.
There can be no Power Boat sailor who has achieved more than Alan Priddy this year. If there is any Yachtsman at all who has surpassed his achievements in 2002, I would be most surprised."
Having been on the short list for one these awards myself, I know how they work. I rightly lost out in the Off-shore Yachtsman of the Year category to a very capable, skilled and popular guy, Adrian Stead.
What his nomination had in its favour, and mine didn't, was support in great depth. Let's make sure that Alan Priddy does not lack numbers when it comes to decision making time.
Please get your vote in NOW.