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Old 18 November 2002, 10:19   #1
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Yachtsman of the Year Award nominations

It's time to nominate candidates for this year's Yachting Journalists' Association Yachtsman of the Year Award. British candidates are invited from all aspects of the sport including dinghy sailing, powerboating, offshore yacht racing and adventure.

The Yachtsman of the Year Award is presented every year and voted on by the Yachting Journalists' Association from the nominations put forward both by their members and the public. The winners reflect some of the most skilled and courageous sailors of the last two generations, including offshore sailors such Chay Blyth, Robin Knox-Johnston, Eric Tabarly; windsufing champion Penny Way; and the incredibly successful British Olympic sailing team in 2000.

In recent years, the Yachtsman of the Year Award has gone to Pete Goss, Ellen MacArthur and Ben Ainslie.

If you can think of anyone who has done anything that might merit a bit of public appreciation, then e-mail names together with short paragraph about their 2002 achievments to: ppl@mistral.co.uk

Would be nice to see some intrepid ribsters in the frame this year . . .

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Old 18 November 2002, 10:35   #2
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Bleedin obvious isn't it.........

Keith Hart!! (For services to SIBing)

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I have already voted for him Alan P
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Old 19 November 2002, 01:46   #4
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You are too kind chaps!

I think I know which Ribber should be up there for a nomination.

I'm going to nominate this particular person and I think we should all do the same.

Keith (get into the 'spirit' of the award) Hart
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Old 19 November 2002, 03:14   #5
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Nominations

Morning All

I've Just nominated Alan Priddy and crew for the award. Lets see if we can get a ribster to win the award. Take it away from these yachties.

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Old 19 November 2002, 05:50   #6
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I am with you Julian, there is ony one POSSIBLE nominee isn't there?
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Old 19 November 2002, 06:12   #7
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I WAS going to vote for Keith, but then I decided that his main contribution was to the bacon industry, so maybe he should get the Bacon Buyer of the Year Award!

Consider yourself nominated Mr Priddy...

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Old 19 November 2002, 14:44   #8
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Mr Priddy is the only nominee as far as I'm concerned. We should all nominate him and his crew NOW!
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Old 19 November 2002, 15:51   #9
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Done.
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Old 19 November 2002, 20:16   #10
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Any idea how many votes the winner got last year
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Old 20 November 2002, 03:36   #11
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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.
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Done

Also put my vote in.

(Sorry Keith you'll have to wait until after the Orkney SIB challenge next year!)

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Just to follow up on this thread.

I have just send my recomendation to...

Stopping his voyage to stand by his crew when they needed him.

That's what I think this award is all about.

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Old 20 November 2002, 10:59   #14
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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...
Nice one Mike!

If anyone else is thinking of nominating Alan and crew, don't just copy Mike's submission word for word though -- nominations are likely to be worth more if they are in your own words.

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Any votes for Hot Lemon?...

Mike Deacon has accomplished an impressive record. Quite a year for him and crew as well...Just curious
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It would be good to see two RIB crews in the short list -- that would give people something to think about!

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Don't split the vote!!!
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I would like to thank everyone for their support for a nomination and I agree that Mike Deakon has had a good year as well as deserves every credit. What is interesting that in the last four years Ribsters have received two nominations for Yachtsman of the Year. In 1998 we were nominated and came runner up to Pete Goss and 2001 it was Mike and his crew. It is a great step forward for our sport just to even get a nomination and I feel very passionatly that it is about time a Powerboater collected the trophy, may it be Mike, Steve Curtis, Peter Dredge Or us. I have no doubt that if one us is succesfull in getting the award some will say that it was a "Micky Mouse Year" but hey, who gives a s~~t Alan P
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Well said Alan, you had my vote anyway as I thinkyour task was a little more dificult. Mike record was an inspiring achievement though
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